Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA)

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30th Annual NEMBA

30th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

30th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards  


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Book Fair, Reception, Featured Speaker, and Awards Presentation

Northland Country Club

The 30th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at an evening public celebration on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Northland Country Club. The 30th annual NEMBA will honor books published in 2017.  The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards was created to showcase and honor authors and books that capture the spirit of the Northland and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle.

This year's speaker, William Kent Krueger, writes the New York Times bestselling Cork O'Connor mystery series, which is set in the great north woods of Minnesota. His work has received many awards, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and optioned by Hollywood. His 2013 novel Ordinary Grace was honored with almost every award possible in the mystery genre, including the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award. Desolation Mountain, the 17th novel in his series, will be released this August. 

william kent krueger

Kent was raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. He briefly attended Stanford University before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his had at free-lance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city her dearly loves. He does all of his writing in small St. Paul coffee shop and attributes his success as a writer to those wonderful stories he read as a child.


Nominations were accepted in one of six categories (Nominations closed February 1, 2018):

(1) Nonfiction: nonfiction works such as history, biography, guidebooks, cookbooks, books about science and nature, and scholarly works.

(2) Fiction: novels, short stories, plays, and other works of narrative fiction.

(3) Children's Literature: books of any type intended for children and young adults.

(4) Poetry: collections of poetry or a single poem of book length

(5) Memoir: books that examine some aspect of the world from a highly personal perspective.

(6) Art, Photography: books that primarily serve to showcase (and annotate) the visual art contained in them.

NOTE: Nomination information and forms for the 31st annual NEMBA, honoring books published in 2018 will be available in the fall of 2018.


The winning author in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning author and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque and 100 book seals. 

Winner and Honorable Mention NEMBA book seals

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Duluth, MN  55812