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Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
Mary Casanova Featured Speaker
Thursday, May 19, Kirby Ballroom

Mary Casanova
Mary Casanova

The 23rd annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA), featuring best-selling children's author, Mary Casanova, will be held on Thursday, May 19 in the Kirby Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

Festivities open at 5:00 pm with a book fair and refreshments. At 6:30 pm, Mary Casanova will give the keynote address followed by the award presentations, hosted by Barton Sutter, Duluth's first poet laureate. Following the awards, the book fair continues from 8-9 pm.

Awards are given in five categories: (1) fiction, (2) poetry, (3) memoir/creative nonfiction, (4) general nonfiction, and (5) children's literature will be presented. 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.

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Want to learn more about the craft of writing for children?

NEMBA Writing Workshop
Wednesday, May 18 in the UMD Library Fourth Floor Rotunda 6:30-8:30 pm.

Lake Superior Writers will present a writing workshop led by Mary Casanova. Registration for the workshop is required. The fee is $35 for Lake Superior Writers members and $40 for non-members. Contact Charlene Brown or call 218-525-4552 to register.

Keynote Speaker

Mary Casanova is an award-winning children's author of 19 novels and picture books. She is best known for her Dog Watch series and the Chrissa (American Girl) series. Her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border and travels around the world have provided inspiration for many of her books.

In 2010, she received the George Morrison Artist Award for her creative contributions to the genre of Young Adult Literature, and in 2009, she won the Moonbeam Children's Book Award for pre-teen fiction. "The greatest reward for me," Casanova states, "is when a young reader tells me she or he loves one of my books. For me, it's all about communicating writer-to-reader through a character and story."

NEMBA Nominees

Each year, NEMBA recognizes books that best represent northeastern Minnesota in the areas of history, culture, heritage, or lifestyle. Forty-nine books, published in 2010, have been nominated.

The Burying Place, Brian Freeman, St. Martin's Press
The Dance Boots, Linda LeGarde Grover, University of Georgia Press
Emily's Run, David P. Holmes, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Fetchenko, Duane Schwartz, A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC
F.L. Wasselwick's Return of the Golden Turtle, Kevin Malmquist, Xlibris Corporation
Little Cicero, Duane Schwartz, A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC
Losing Camille: Stories, Paul Kilgore, Black Lawrence Press
Murder for Mayor: A Laura Kjelstad Mystery, Andie Peterson, Author House
My Heart is a Mountain: Tales of Magic and the Land, Catherine Holm, Holy Cow! Press
Safe from the Sea, Peter Geye, Unbridled Books
Unforgettable: A Pine County Mystery, Dean Hovey, self-published
Vermilion Drift, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books


Echo and Lightning: Poems, Sheila Packa, Wildwood River
On Speaking Terms, Connie Wanek, Copper Canyon Press
Out and About, C.P. Stone, Iris Enterprises
Sippin': Poems, Alcyd N. Soderfelt, self published with Beaver's Pond Press
Under the Influence of Lilacs, Deborah Gordon Cooper, Clover Valley Press
West of Everywhere, Larry Christianson, North Star Press of St. Cloud

Amazing Agates: Lake Superior's Banded Gemstones, Scott F. Wolter, illustrated by Rick Kollath, Kollath-Stensaas Publishing
The Assassination of Hole in the Day, Anton Treuer, Borealis Books; Minnesota Historical Society Press
Connected to Our Roots: 100 Years Growing Forests in Minnesota, written and published by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Downtown Grand Marais, Eugene Glader, Cascade House Press
Forgotten Duluthians, David Ouse, X-Pressa Books
Lake Superior: The Ultimate Guide to the Region, Lake Superior Magazine, Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc.
Ojibwe in Minnesota, Anton Treuer, Minnesota Historical Society Press
The Opposite of Cold: The Northwoods Finnish Sauna Tradition, Michael Nordskop with photography by Aaron W. Hautala, University of Minnesota Press
Orchids of the Northwoods, Kim and Cindy Risen, Kollath-Stensaas Publishing
Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters and Quetico Wilderness, Greg Breining with photography by Layne Kennedy, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Picture Duluth: Photographs of the Zenith City, Dennis O'Hara, X-Communication
Salt of the Earth: A History of Hovland, Minnesota and Its People, David P. Holmes, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Schroeder Area History: As Shared by Those Who Lived It, Barbara Livdahl and the Schroeder Area Historical Society, Schroeder Area Historical Society
Song of the North Country: A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan, David Pichaske, Continuum International Publishing Group, Inc.
To Tipple a Prince, Michael Hogen Godfrey: The Man Who Moved Hibbing, Daniel W. Lynch, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Webwood: Seasons of Life in the North Woods, Larry Weber, North Star Press of St. Cloud

Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
Brown Sugar Syrup and Jack Pine Sand, Dennis Herschbach, Red Step Press
Faces on the Clock, Larry Bauer-Scandin, Eagle Entertainment USA
Ghellow Road: A Literary Diary of a Young Girl's Journey, T.H. Waters, Verefor Publishing Company
The Kayak Lady: One Woman, One Kayak, 1,007 Lakes, Mary Shideler, Chickadee Lake Press
The Last Keeper at Split Rock: A Memoir, Mike Roberts, North Star Press of St. Cloud
News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, Laurie Hertzel, University of Minnesota Press
Simon Bourgin: An Odyssey that Began in Ely, Simon Bourgin, Ely-Winton Historical Society
Tales from the Creel, Rudy Senarighi, self-published

Children's Literature
Ben and Lucy Play Pond Hockey, Andrew Sherburne, illustrated by Kevin Cannon, Beaver's Pond Press
Big Belching Bog, Phillis Root, illustrated by Betsy Bowen, University of Minnesota Press
The Ghost of Island Lake, Kimmer Lindemood and the late Ingrid Pelletier, Tate Publishing
Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet, written by David LaRochelle, photography by Joe Rossi, Minnesota Historical Society Press
The Mishomis Book: The Voice of the Ojibway, Edward Benton-Banai, University of Minnesota Press
Old Woman Winter, Mary Bevis, illustrated by Consie Powell, Raven Productions, Inc.
Scare a Bear, Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello, Sleeping Bear Press

Written by Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann,

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