Meet the Winning Authors

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Meet NEMBA authors

The public is invited to a Meet the Winning Authors event featuring winners of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards on Monday, July 246-7:30 p.m., in the blue room at the Mount Royal branch of the Duluth Public Library.

Chosen from among 35 nominated titles, this year's winners were announced on May 18 at a gala celebration in UMD's Kirby Ballroom. 

Hear excerpts from some of the best writing produced in 2016 about life in the northland. There will be time to talk with the authors and learn more about their works.

 The following award winning authors from this year's Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards will present readings from their winning titles:

Peter Geye: Winner in Fiction



by Peter Geye
published by Alfred A. Knopf 

This beautifully written book centers on an epic father-son journey into the vast northern wilderness in the dead of winter, but also tells a bigger story—of a divided family, a town’s complicated history, and a feud that spans generations. Geye’s writing somehow evokes the peace of the northern wilderness while also providing a gripping plot that keeps the reader guessing until the end.

Thomas Peacock: Honorable Mention in Fiction



The Tao of Nookomis

by Thomas D. Peacock
published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.

This beautiful collection of stories explores various aspects of Native American life on tribal lands bordering Lake Superior. Sad and touching, yet hopeful, the mostly modern day tales (with some mythical themes thrown in for good measure) weave together recurring characters and themes throughout the book to create a sort of tapestry of reservation life. The reader learns that we can be, and should seek out, the great teachers in our lives: family, elders, or life itself.

Linda LeGarde Grover:  Winner in Poetry

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The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives 

by Linda LeGarde Grover
published by Red Mountain Press

Linda LeGarde Grover weaves together spiritual and personal stories in both Ojibwe and English. The intertwined accounts in narrative prose reflect the interconnectedness of the experiences; “a continuing song,” as LeGarde Grover states on the last page. These stories and the format in which LeGarde Grover tells them are gripping, and The Sky Watched is an important read for all who consider Northeast Minnesota home.

Tim White:  Honorable Mention in Art, Photography

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In and Out of Context

by Tim White with excerpts from 21 Northland writers  
published by Tight Squeek Press  

In Tim White’s first published book of photographs, he collaborates with 21 local poets, songwriters, and prose artists, to pose the photographs and writings “in a mutual relation, like passers-by whose gazes meet.” Mr. White does a marvelous job of connecting Duluth writers and poets with photographs. The positioning of Northland writers with photographs of the region is unique.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

John Pastor:  Winner in Nonfiction

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What Should A Clever Moose Eat? Natural History, Ecology, and the North Woods

by John Pastor
published by Island Press

John Pastor offers a profound and intriguing conversation about the biological history of our unique area of the world. He paints vistas of the complexity of life in the woods, bogs, and lakes of Northern Minnesota, offering the experience of a biologist with the heart of a conservationist. Readers will discover a wonderful new appreciation for this wonderful biome we call home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Ron Morton:  Honorable Mention in Nonfiction

Jay Cooke to Two Harbors

Jay Cooke State Park to Two Harbors: A Walking Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail

by Ron Morton and Judy Gibbs
published by Rockflower Press

A Walking Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail is the perfect companion for exploring the natural beauty and history of the North Shore. Gibbs and Morton employ a subtle wit, extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, and attention to detail that will delight day-trippers and through-hikers alike.                                                                                                        

Presented by UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library

and the Mount Royal Library Branch of the Duluth Public Library