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31st Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards
Nominee List

NOTE: Winners will not be notified prior to the awards presentation on May 23, 2019


Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny

Thomas D. Peacock

published by Holy Cow! Press


Laurentian Divide: A Novel

Sarah Stonich

published by University of Minnesota Press

Laurentian divide

Mist O'er the Voyageur

Naomi Musch

published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas/Smitten Imprint

Mist O'er the Voyageur

The Sisters

Janet Kay

published by World Castle Publishing

the sisters

Treacherous Waters: The Chronicles of an Unlikely Voyageur

Nikki Rajala

self published

treacherous waters


Pat McGauley

published by PJM Publishing



All that Matters: Collected Poems 2010-2018

Peggy Trojan

published by Create Space (self published)

all that matters

The Mirrormaker: Poems

Brian Laidlaw

published by Milkweed Editions


Nordic Accordion: Poems in a Scandinavian Mood

Bart Sutter

published by Nodin Press

nordic accordian

To Keep Him Hidden

Ryan Vine

published by Salmon Poetry

to keep him hidden

Waters Deep: a Great Lakes Poetry Anthology

Edited by Crystal S. Gibbins, Michelle Menting

published by Split Rock Review

waters deep

The Way She Told Her Story

Diane Jarvenpa

published by New Rivers Press

the way

Wild Verge: Poems

Lynette Reini-Grandell

published by Holy Cow! Press

wild verge


Climate Change: Musings and Studies from Lake Superior's North Shore

Katya Gordon

self published.

climate change

Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade

Timothy Cochrane

published by University of Minnesota Press

Gichi Bitobig

Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters

Cary J. Griffith

published by University of Minnesota Press

gunflint burning

Hellfire in Hermantown: The 1918 Forest Fires and How They Affected Hermantown

Connie Jacobson

Published by Savage Press

hellfire in hermantown

Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior

Tony Dierckins, Pete Clure 

published by Zenith City Press

naturally brewed

Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between

written by Phyllis Root, photographs by Kelly Povo

published by University of Minnesota Press


Thomson Township's Night of Terror: The Great 1918 Fire

C. Philip Johnson, Rodney Ikola, Davis Helberg

published by Savage Press

thomson township

Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company

C. Roger Pellett

published by Wayne State University Press



Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author

Michael Fedo

published by Holy Cow! Press

dont quit your day job

Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment

Grant J. Merritt

published by University of Minnesota Press

iron and water

Sawbill: A Search for Place

Jennifer Case

published by University of New Mexico Press



Big Fish Dreams

written by Lori Fisher Peelen, illustrated by Consie Powell

published by Curious Cat Books

big fish dreams

Hey There Mr. Owl!

written by Susan Larson Kidd, illustrated by Richard Hoeg

published by Happy Endings Publishing

hey there mr owl

Hush Hush, Forest

written by Mary Casanova, illustrated by Nick Wroblewski

published by University of Minnesota Press

hush hush forest

The Mukluk Ball

written by Katharine Johnson, illustrated by Alicia Schwab

published by Minnesota Historical Society Press

mukluk ball

Where I Fly: A Hockey Story

written and illustrated by K.M. Allen

published by Curious Cat Books

Where I fly

A Young Girl's Dream

written and illustrated by Carla Anne Arneson

published by Raven Productions, Inc.

a young girls dream



Wing Young Huie

published by Minnesota Historical Society Press


St. Croix & Namekagon Rivers: The Enduring Gift

Walter F. Mondale and Craig Blacklock, photographs by Craig Blacklock

published by Blacklock Photography Galleries


St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers

NOTE: Three or more nominated titles are required in a single category to designate a winner and honorable mention in that category. In categories with only two nominated titles a winner will be chosen but an honorable mention will not be awarded. 

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