Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards announced
A memoir about growing up on the Iron Range, a collection of images painted by the late Sister Mary Charles McGough and a look at the Twin Ports' trolley years were the big winners during the 27th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards on Thursday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Thirty-nine books were nominated in six categories. Winners received a $200 prize.
This year's speaker was Jim Johnson, Duluth's poet laureate.
Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
"Rooted in Iron and Ice: Innocent Years on the Mesabi" by Gary W. Barfknecht, published by North Star Press of St. Cloud Inc. — Barfknecht grew up during a time of changing economics, not to mention a town's geographic coordinates, on the Iron Range.
Honorable mention: "Zenith City: Stories from Duluth" by Michael Fedo, published by University of Minnesota Press.
"Approaching the Gate" by Lynette Reini-Grandell, published by Holy Cow! Press — Honest images of life's complexities and recollections of Northeastern Minnesota.
Honorable mention: "Night Train Red Dust: Poems of the Iron Range" by Sheila Packa, published by Wildwood River Press.
"Saved by Beauty: Sister Mary Charles McGough, OSB" by John Schifsky, Sister Lois Eckes, Peter Spooner, Dustin Lyon and Meridith Schifsky, published by Duluth Benedictine Books — The subject, a Cloquet native who created and educated, is known for her woodcuts and Christian icons.
Honorable mention: "The Other Side of Wilderness" by Richard C. Johnson, published by Will o' the Wisp Books.
"Twin Ports by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Duluth-Superior" by Aaron Isaacs, published by University of Minnesota Press — Stories and photos about the almost six decades when streetcars moved people and cargo in Duluth and Superior.
Honorable mention: "Sawdust in Their Blood" by Jim Boyd, published by North Shore Press.
"Rhoda's Rock Hunt" by Molly Beth Griffin, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press — The joy of rock collecting and the heavy backpack that ensues.
Honorable mention: "Wilder's Foe" by Diane Bradley, published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.
"Sins of Our Fathers" by Shawn Lawrence Otto, published by Milkweed Editions — A small-town banker has been caught embezzling to cover his gambling debt, then an Ojibwe leader enters the scene.
Honorable mention: "A River Through Two Harbors" by Dennis Herschbach, published by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc.