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  Minnesota Book Awards 2020  

The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-long program that connects readers and writers throughout Minnesota with the stories of our neighbors.

The process begins in the fall with book submissions and continues through winter with two rounds of judging. Winners are announced at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony each spring. Woven throughout the season are various activities and events that promote the authors and connect the world of Minnesota books – writers, artists, illustrators, publishers, editors, and more – to readers throughout the state.

A full list of winners and nominees can be found here: https://thefriends.org/minnesota-book-awards/minnesota-book-awards-winners/

Children's Literature

A Map into the World

Kao Kalia Yang · Carolrhoda Books ®
Pages: 32
Format: Library Binding

"Filled with wonder and sorrow and happiness."
-- Alison McGhee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Someday
A heartfelt story of a young girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world.
As the seasons change, so too does a young Hmong girl's world. She moves...

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General Nonfiction

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Indian America from 1890 to the Present

DAVID TREUER · Riverhead Books
Pages: 528
Format: Hardcover

A sweeping history--and counter-narrative--of Native American life from the Wounded Knee massacre to the present.

The received idea of Native American history--as promulgated by books like Dee Brown's mega-bestselling 1970 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee--has been that American...
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Genre Fiction

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

MARLON JAMES · Riverhead Books
Pages: 640
Format: Hardcover

The New York Times Bestseller

"A fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made." --Neil Gaiman

"Gripping, action-packed....The literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

The...
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Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer

Karen Babine · Milkweed Editions
Pages: 184
Format: Paperback

"My sister is pregnant with a Lemon this week, Week 14, and this is amusing. My mother's uterine tumor, the size of a cabbage, is Week 30, and this is terrifying." When her mother is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Karen Babine -- a cook, collector of thrifted vintage...
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Middle Grade Literature

The Line Tender

Kate Allen · Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

Heartbreaking but also filled with wit and hope, The Line Tender is the story of Lucy, the daughter of a marine biologist and a rescue diver, and the summer that changes her life. If she ever wants to lift the cloud of grief over her family and community, she must complete the research...
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Minnesota Nonfiction

Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State

Christopher P. Lehman · Minnesota Historical Society Press
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

From the 1840s through the end of the Civil War, leading Minnesotans invited slaveholders and their wealth into the free territory and free state of Minnesota, enriching the area's communities and residents. Dozens of southern slaveholders and people raised in slaveholding families...
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Novel & Short Story

Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions

Sheila O'Connor · Rose Metal Press
Pages: 280
Format: Paperback

Fiction. Hybrid Genre. Women's Studies. Criminal Justice Studies. In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including family secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, novelist Sheila O'Connor tells the riveting story of V, a talented...
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Poetry

Bodega: Poems

Su Hwang · Milkweed Editions
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback

Against the backdrop of the war on drugs and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, a Korean girl comes of age in her parents' bodega in the Queensbridge projects, offering a singular perspective on our nation of immigrants and the tensions pulsing in the margins where they live and work. In Su Hwang's...
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Young Adult Literature

Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel

Naomi Kritzer · Tor Teen
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover

How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks.

Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn't...

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