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26th Annual NEMBA
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Book Fair, Reception, Featured Speaker, and Awards Presentation


Thursday, May 22, 2014
Kirby Ballroom, UMD Campus


5:00 - 6:30  Book Fair / Refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 Speaker Cathy Wurzer/ Awards Presentation
8:00 - 9:00 Extension of the Book Fair



The 26th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at an evening public celebration on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at the Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The 26th annual NEMBA will honor books published in 2013.  Once again, UMD's Kathryn A. Martin 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, MPR's Cathy Wurzer, 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.

cathy wurzer
Cathy Wurzer

This year's speaker, Cathy Wurzer, is the host of Morning Edition for MPR News. She is also the co-host of Almanac, a weekly public affairs program for which Wurzer has won four Emmy Awards. She has degrees in broadcast journalism and urban studies from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She has been a past president of the Society for Professional Journalists Minnesota chapter.

Wurzer has been an anchor and reporter for WCCO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis. She has also been a talk show host for WCCO-AM radio, a producer for KMSP-TV, and political reporter for KSTP-AM radio.

She is the author of Tales of the Road: Highway 61. In her spare time, Cathy rides, trains and shows horses, fly fishes for trout, and loves clay sculpture and creating mosaics..





Nominations were accepted in one of six categories (Nominations closed on February 1, 2014):

(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 Library NEMBA Team will determine the category for the entry.


Deadline for entry was February 1, 2014
for the 26th annual NEMBA; honoring books published in 2013


NOTE: nominations for the 27th NEMBA, honoring books published in 2014, will be accepted beginning November 1, 2014.



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.

Awards Presentation:


Winning and honored authors will be announced at a reception in the Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus on Thursday, May 22, 2014.


winner seal  honorable mention book seal 
NEMBA Book Seals now available!


Presented by the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library
416 Library Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

& Friends of the Duluth Public Library

in collaboration with The Lake Superior Writers





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