25th Annual NEMBA
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Book Fair, Reception, Featured Speaker, and Awards Presentation
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Kirby Ballroom, UMD Campus
5:00 - 6:30 Book Fair / Refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 Speaker Kevin Kling / Awards Presentation
8:00 - 9:00 Extension of the Book Fair
The 25th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at an evening public celebration on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The 25th annual NEMBA will honor books published in 2012. Once again, the UMD Library, Friends of the Duluth Public Library, and Lake Superior Writers are collaborating to showcase and honor authors and books that capture the spirit of the Northland and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota. The celebration will include featured speaker, playwright and author Kevin Kling, and a book fair. The program and awards presentation, in the Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus is free and open to the public, with parking available in several lots and meters on campus.
This year's speaker, Kevin Kling, is an author, playright, storyteller and commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered". His play "Home and Away" premiered at the Seattle Rep and moved to Second Stage Theater, off Broadway, under the direction of David Esbjornson, where it recieved a Drama Desk Award Nomination. His plays have been produced at regional theaters throughout the country and around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.
Kevin appears often at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee and is the author of three books, The Dog says How, Holiday Inn, and Big Little Brother.
He 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 received the Whiting Award, the A.P. Anderson Award, the VSA Jeahny, and the Eric Peterson Award.
Kevin is an alumnus of Gustavus Adolphus College and lives in Minneapolis.
See list of current nominees
Nominations were accepted in one of six categories (Nominations closed on February 1, 2013):
(1) General Nonfiction: nonfiction works such as history, biography, guidebooks, cookbooks, books about science and nature, and scholarly works.
(2) Fiction: novels, short stories, plays, and other works of narrative fiction.
(3) Art, Photography: books that primarily serve to showcase (and annotate) the visual art contained in them.
(4) Children's Literature: books of any type intended for children and young adults.
(5) Poetry: collections of poetry or a single poem of book length.
(6) Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: books that examine some aspect of the world from a highly personal perspective whether in the form of a memoir, personal essay, or other work of creative nonfiction.
Reading teams will choose a winner and honorable mention in each category. If a book is nominated in more than one area, the UMD Library NEMBA Team will determine the category for the entry.
Deadline for entry was February 1, 2013
for the 25th
annual NEMBA; honoring books published in 2012
NOTE: nominations for the 26th NEMBA, honoring books published in 2012, will be accepted beginning November 1, 2013.
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 and 100 book seals.
Winning and honored authors will be announced at a reception in the Kirby Ballroom on the UMD Campus on Thursday, May 23, 2013. This event is free and open to the public.
NEMBA Book Seals now available!