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The public is invited to a Meet the Winning Authors event featuring winners of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards on Thursday, August 306-7:30 p.m., in the 4th floor rotunda at UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Chosen from among 35 nominated titles, this year's winners were announced on May 24 at a gala celebration at Duluth's Northland Country Club. 

Listen to excerpts from some of the best writing produced in 2017 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:

Going Coastal, book cover 

Honorable Mention in Fiction   

Going Coastal

by Lake Superior Writers
published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.

The stories in Going Coastal are all deeply personal, and reflect the Lake as a source of beginnings and endings—a source of inspiration, loss, and renewal. The anthology contains a variety of very different stories, touching us in many ways, and connecting us to the power of Lake Superior.


Now Here, book cover

Winner in Poetry


by Crystal Spring Gibbins
published by Holy Cow! Press

Living on Lake of the Woods and the South Shore of Lake Superior obviously inspired Gibbins. Her poetry comes riddled with interesting arrangements, peppered with unique descriptions and metaphor, including nostalgic outdoor imagery and small town vignettes. The cover is loaded with meaning and a stark representation of the simple beauty in this area. 


Winner in Memoironigamiising

Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year

by Linda LeGarde Grover
published by University of Minnesota Press

In a rich collection of personal essays, Linda LeGarde Grover guides readers through the seasons of Onigamiising [ah-ni-ga-MAY-sing] (Ojibwe for Duluth) as well as life. She invites readers into her experience through writing that is approachable, engaging, and enlightening.  Arranged by season, readers can trace how Ojibwe traditions endure and evolve through time and space. LeGarde Grover welcomes readers to look at northeastern Minnesota with new eyes and appreciation.


Winner in Nonfiction

Duluth's Historic Parks, book cover

Duluth's Historic Parks: Their First 160 Years 

by Nancy S. Nelson, Tony Dierckins
published by Zenith City Press

Duluth is fortunate to have an amazing park system. This book looks at how the early pioneers and public leaders worked to make this happen.  Over the years these parks have helped make the unique history of Duluth. This beautiful book has over 300 historical sketches, lithographs and photographs covering wonderful parks in the city of Duluth.


Honorable Mention in Nonfiction

flames of discontent

Flames of Discontent: the 1916 Minnesota Iron Ore Strike

by Gary Kaunonen
published by University of Minnesota Press

Our NEMBA non-fiction honorable mention relates the enthralling story of the roots of unionism in the Minnesota iron ore mines and is an important piece of our region's history. Gary Kaunonen gives voice to the strike's organizers and mine workers through previously untapped accounts from immigrant press newspapers, company letters, personal journals, and oral histories.



Presented by UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library