The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has announced the results of the 21st annual Minnesota Book Awards! A panel of judges selected winners in eight categories, and over 2000 online voters from across Minnesota selected the winner of the Readers’ Choice Award. The awards were presented on the evening of April 25, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul.
It was my pleasure to serve on the panel that selected The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich as the winner in the Novel & Short Story category. This remarkable novel was also a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Here’s the complete list of the winners:
Children's Literature: The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
Genre Fiction: Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
Memoir & Creative Non-fiction: The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
Minnesota: Hard Work and a Good Deal by Barbara W. Sommer
Novel & Short Story: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Poetry: National Monuments by Heid E. Erdrich
Young Adult Literature: Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy
The Latehomecomer also won the Readers’ Choice Award!
Please check the library catalog or contact your ECRL librarian if you’re interested in reading any of these books.
Bob Gray, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian