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NEMBA Announces 2019 Nominees!
Nominees selected for 2019 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.
The NEMBA Committee is pleased to announce its 2019 Nominees:
In the category of FICTION
Thomas Peacock, Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny
Sarah Stonich, Laurentian Divide: A Novel
Naomi Musch, Mist O'er the Voyageur
Janet Kay, The Sisters
Nikki Rajala, Treacherous Waters: The Chronicles of an Unlikely Voyageur
Pat McGauley, Waiting
In the category of POETRY
Peggy Trojan, All that Matters: Collected Poems 2010-2018
Brian Laidlaw, The Mirrormaker: Poems
Bart Sutter, Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood
Crystal S. Gibbins (editor) and Michelle Menting (editor), Waters Deep: a Great Lakes Poetry Anthology
Diane Jarvenpa, The Way She Told Her Story
Lynette Reini-Grandell, Wild Verge: Poems
Ryan Vine, To Keep Him Hidden
In the category of NONFICTION
Katya Gordon, Climate Change: Musings and Studies from Lake Superior's North Shore
Timothy Cochrane, Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade
Cary J. Griffith, Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters
Connie Jacobson, Hellfire in Hermantown: The 1918 Forest Fires and How They Affected Hermantown
Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure, Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior
Phyllis Root (author), Kelly Povo (photographs), Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between
C. Philip Johnson, Rodney Ikola, and Davis Helberg, Thomson Township's Night of Terror: The Great 1918 Fire
C. Roger Pellett, Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company
In the category of MEMOIR
Michael Fedo, Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author
Grant J. Merritt, Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment
Jennifer Case, Sawbill: A Search for Place
In the category of CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Lori Fisher Peelen (author) and Consie Powell (illustrator), Big Fish Dreams
Susan Larson Kidd (author) and Richard Hoeg (illustrator), Hey There Mr. Owl!
Mary Casanova (author) and Nick Wroblewski (illustrator), Hush Hush, Forest
K.M. Allen (author/illustrator), Where I Fly: A Hockey Story
Carla Anne Arneson (author/illustrator), A Young Girl's Dream
Katharine Johnson (author) and Alicia Schwab (illustrator), The Mukluk Ball
In the category of ART/PHOTOGRAPHY
Wing Young Huie, Chinese-ness
Walter F. Mondale and Craig Blacklock, Photographs by Craig Blacklock, St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift
This year's celebration guest speaker, Margi Preus, is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award-winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series. Her books have won multiple awards, landed on the New York Times bestseller list, been honored as ALA/ALSC Notables, selected as an NPR Backseat Book Club pick, chosen for community reads, and translated into many languages. When not writing, Margi enjoys traveling, speaking, and visiting schools all over the world. At home in Duluth she likes to ski, hike, paddle, or sit quietly with a book in her lap.
NEMBA was established in 1988 to recognize books that substantially represent Northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. The 31st annual NEMBAs will honor books published in 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 as well as 100 NEMBA book seals.
The celebration is presented by UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library & Friends of the Duluth Public Library.