Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

Winner and Honorable Mention NEMBA book seals
May 18, 2017

Celebrate regional books and authors at the 29th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.

“There’s a new story out here every day.” ~ Larry Weber

The 29th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at a public celebration on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a book fair, refreshments, and a cash bar, followed by nature writer Larry Weber as guest speaker and the awards presentation starting at 6:30 p.m.

This year's speaker, Larry Weber, is a retired teacher of 40 years. The last 30 of those years were spent at the Marshall School of Duluth.

After retirement from the classroom, he continued to teach at the University for Seniors at UMD. As he said, "I went from teaching students who were in their seventh grade to teaching students who were in their seventh decade." Larry Weber is a regular speaker at state parks and nature centers and is one of the instructors in the Minnesota Naturalist Program. He has produced weekly nature programs on KUMD for more than 20 years, and on WTIP for about 10 years.

He has authored 14 books, including: Butterflies of the North Woods, Spiders of the North Woods, Fascinating Fungi of the North WoodsBackyard AlmanacMinnesota PhenologyWebwood: Seasons of Life in the North Woods, and In a Patch of Goldenrod.

Through writings and speaking, he continues to use his phenology-based teaching as a means of conveying that “Nature is here and now.” He lives on a forested former farm in Carlton County, where he takes daily walks to observe nature and watch the seasons go by.

NEMBA was established in 1988 to recognize books that substantially represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. The 29th annual NEMBA will honor books published in 2016. 

Prizes are currently awarded in six categories:

  • Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Art, Photography
  • Children's Literature
  • Poetry
  • Memoir

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 event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Gail Trygstad at 218-726-7889.

Presented by the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library
416 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812
218-726-8102

& Friends of the Duluth Public Library
with generous support from 
Lake Superior Magazine