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Northeastern Minnesota Book Award winners announced

Area writers had reason to celebrate Thursday, as they learned which books published in 2013 were winners of the 26th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Out of 36 books nominated, authors in five categories were selected to take home a $200 cash prize, engraved glass plaque and 100 Awards seals, with an additional five authors selected for honorable mention.  

This year’s keynote speaker, Cathy Wurzer, is the host of Morning Edition for MPR news. She wrote the regional best-seller “Tales of the Road-Highway 61” in 2008.  

The winners:

Fiction “Tamarack County,” by William Kent Krueger, published by Atria Books — Former lawman Corcoran O’Connor gets pulled into the investigation of the judge’s missing wife.

Honorary mention: “Timber: Fire in the Pines,” by A.L. Sanderson.

Poetry “Bound Together: Like the Grasses,” by Deborah Cooper, Candace Ginsberg, Ann Floreen Niedringhaus, Ellie Schoenfeld, Anne Simpson, published by Clover Valley Press — These five women bonded together over many years, shared their lives, their observations, and critiqued each other’s style of sharing those diverse experiences.

Honorary mention: “Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems,” by Louis Jenkins.

General Nonfiction “The Pie Place Café Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore,” by Kathy Rice, published by Lake Superior Port Cities Inc. — Alongside lists of ingredients and recipes for pies and soups in “The Pie Place Café Cookbook,” readers will find stories of friendship, compassion and humility that reveal what makes our region so exceptional.

Honorary mention: “Esko’s Corner: An Illustrated History of Esko and Thomson Township,” by Esko Historical Society.

Children’s Literature “The Best Part of a Sauna,” written by Sheryl Peterson, illustrated by Kelly Dupre, published by Raven Productions Inc. — Set in the woods of Northeastern Minnesota, this is an appealing family story introducing a younger generation to an important Finnish tradition.

Honorary mention: “Finding Hope,” by Michelle Myers Lackner.

Memoir / Creative Nonfiction “Threads of Hope: Caring for Babies Across Three Continents,” by Martha Andrea Aas, M.D., published by Lakeberry Press — From her missionary days as a Danish youth in Africa to her founding of the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s in Duluth and beyond, Martha Aas’ life story is a remarkable one.

Honorary mention: “The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo: A Child, and Elder, and the Light from an Ancient Sky,” by Kent Nerburn.