Winners of the 31st Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards include, in the fiction category, a Minneapolis-based artist who has set the second book of her trilogy in northern Minnesota and a collection of poetry by an associate professor at the College of St. Scholastica.
Sarah Stonich's "Laurentian Divide" and Ryan Vine's "To Keep Him Hidden" were among the winners at the award ceremony Thursday at Northland Country Club. The top author in each of the six categories receives a $200 prize. Margi Preus was the guest speaker.
Other winners include: "Chinese-ness" by Wing Young Huie, who grew up in Duluth, won for art, photography; "Hush Hush, Forest" by Mary Casanova and illustrated by Nick Wroblewski won for children's literature; "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment" by Grant J. Merritt won for memoir; "Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade" by Timothy Cochrane won for nonfiction.
The NEMBAs, which started in 1988, award books that represent Northeastern Minnesota. It's presented by the University of Minnesota Duluth's Kathryn A. Martin Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library.