The 25th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA), featuring award-winning author, playwright, and storyteller, Kevin Kling will be held on Thurs., May 23, in the Kirby Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
Festivities open at 5 pm with a book fair and refreshments. At 6:30 pm, Kevin Kling will give the keynote address followed by the award presentations, hosted by Pauline Nuhring, associate administrator in UMD Continuing Education and a longtime NEMBA volunteer. Following the awards, the book fair continues from 8–9 pm.
Awards are given in six categories: (1) fiction, (2) poetry, (3) memoir/creative nonfiction, (4) general nonfiction, (5) children's literature and (6) art/photography. The winner of each category receives a cash prize of $200, and the winning author and the honorable mention in each category receives a glass plaque. NEMBA is a free community event sponsored by the UMD Library with financial support from Friends of the Duluth Public Library and Lake Superior Writers. For more information, visit the UMD Library/NEMBA website.
This year's speaker, Kevin Kling, is an author, playwright, storyteller, and commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He is the author of three books, The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn, and Big Little Brother. He appears often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn. He lives in Minneapolis.
His one-man stage show, Home and Away, premiered at the Seattle Rep and moved to Second Stage Theater, off Broadway, under the direction of David Esbjornson, where it received a Drama Desk Award Nomination. His plays have been produced at regional theaters throughout the country and around the world.
Kling has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, The McDowell Institute, and he has received the Whiting Award, the A.P. Anderson Award, the VSA Jeahny, and the Eric Peterson Award.
Each year, NEMBA recognizes books that best represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. Forty-nine books, published in 2012, have been nominated.
Beneath the Palisade: Reliance, Joel Skelton, Dreamspinner Press
Convergence at Two Harbors, Dennis Herschbach, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Crooked Miles, Woven World: A Novella & Short Stories, Bruce Henricksen, Lost Hills Books
Headaches Can Be Murder, Marilyn Rausch & Mary Donlon, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Hell Burger, David P. Holmes, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Laman's River, Mark Munger, Cloquet River Press
The Lighthouse Road, Peter Geye, Unbridled Books
The Long-Shining Waters, Danielle Sosin, Milkweed Editions
A Passage of Redemption, Pat McGauley, PJM Publishing
Superior Storm: A Lake Superior Mystery, Tom Hilpert, CreateSpace
Waters of the Dancing Sky, Janet Kay, CreateSpace
Whistling Pines: A Mystery, Dean L. Hovey, CreateSpace
Beacons of the Earth and Sky: Paintings and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World, Diana Randolph, Savage Press
The Boy Who Slept Under the Stars: A Memoir in Poetry, Roseann Lloyd, Holy Cow! Press
The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, Jim Johnson, Red Dragonfly Press
Flood Isle 2012, Eileen Keen, McGregor Printing & Graphics
Grace Intoxicated, Kyle Elden, art by Kate Whittaker, Driftwood Press
The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems, Barton Sutter, BOA Editions
Revisited: Notes on Bob Dylan, Scott F. Parker, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Boundary Waters Canoe Camping, Cliff Jacobson, FalconGuides/Globe Pequot Press
Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log, Stephen Wilbers, The History Press
Company Town: An Oral History about Life in Silver Bay, Minnesota, 1950s-1980s, Kent Kaiser, ed., Insight Publishing
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Anton Treuer, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press
Finns in Minnesota, Arnold R. Alanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Ghost Burglar, Jack Burch and James D. King, Savage Press
Hawk Ridge: Minnesota's Birds of Prey, Laura Erickson, illustrations by Betsy Bowen, University of Minnesota Press
A History of Lutsen: Gateway to the Wilderness, Robert Mc Dowell, Lutsen History Press
History of the Bagley Nature Area Neighborhood, University of Minnesota, Duluth (and Other Stories), John R. Larson, Lulu
Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, Tony Dierckins and Maryanne C. Norton, Zenith City Press/X-communication
The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More, Chris Niskanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Minnesota's Outdoor Wonders, Jim Gilbert, photos by David Brislance, Nodin Press
Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer, Jim Northrup, Fulcrum Publishing
Upon Arrival of Illness, Coming to Terms with the Dark Companion, Anthology of Kelly Calhane Prize essay winners, Savage Press
Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids: A Family Sailing Adventure, Katya Goodenough Gordon, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Can't Never Did Nothin': A Minnesota Pioneer Memoir, Glenn W. Ekbom with Clyde W. Ekbom, Savage Press
Danny Boy, Karen M. Collins, family, and friends, Savage Press
For Love of Lakes, Darby Nelson, Michigan State University Press
Going Full Circle: A 1,555-Mile Walk Around the World's Largest Lake, Mike Link & Kate Crowley, Lake Superior Port Cities
Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration, Lonnie Dupre, Keen Editions
My Mother Is Now Earth, Mark Anthony Rolo, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press
Suitcase Full of Horses, Cheri Beatty, CrossBooks
Two Bucks and a Can of Gas: Model A Adventures on the Gunflint Trail, Robert R. Olson, North Shore Press/Northern Wilds Media
Frozen, Mary Casanova, University of Minnesota Press
Keeping Safe the Stars, Sheila O'Connor, G.P. Putnam's Sons
The Map Maker, Matthew J. Krengel, North Star Press of St. Cloud
One Frozen Lake, Deborah Jo Larson, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Summer of the Wolves, Polly Carlson-Voiles, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Another Year On The Gunflint Trail, Nace Hagemann, Gunflint Trail Productions
Words and Pictures, Louis Jenkins, images by Richard C. Johnson, Will o' the Wisp Books
Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, May 2013