Books by Tony Dierckens (Crossing the Canal) and Chris Monroe (Monkey with a Toolbelt) are finalists in the Minnesota Book Awards.
Huzzah and congratulations!
Below are all the nominees. (The Star Tribune story seems to be missing a few categories, including the one "Crossing the Canal" is nominated in.)
- My Friend, the Starfinder (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division) by George Ella Lyon, Illustrated by Stephen Gammel
- Henry's Amazing Imagination (Viking/Penguin Group) by Nancy Carlson
- The House in the Night (Houghton Mifflin Company) by Susan Marie Swanson, Illustrated by Beth Krommes
- Monkey with a Tool Belt (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.) by Chris Monroe
- The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old MacDonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat (Da Capo Press/Perseus Books Group) by Catherine Friend
- A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It (Minnesota Historical Society Press) by Greg Breining, Photography by Layne Kennedy
- Potluck Paradise: Favorite Fare from Church and Community Cookbooks (Minnesota Historical Society Press) by Rae Katherine Eighmey and Debbie Miller
- "You Have Been Kind Enough to Assist Me": Herman Stern and the Jewish Refugee Crisis (North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies) by Terry Shoptaugh
- A Carrion Death (Harper/HarperCollins Publishers) by Michael Stanley
- Phantom Prey (G. P. Putnam's Sons/Penguin Group) by John Sandford
- Red Knife (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, Inc.) by William Kent Krueger
- Stalking Susan (Doubleday/The Doubleday Publishing Group) by Julie Kramer
Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:
- The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press) by Kao Kalia Yang
- Madness: A Bipolar Life (Houghton Mifflin Company) by Marya Hornbacher
- Renaming the Earth: Personal Essays (The University of Arizona Press) by Ray Gonzalez
- Swallow the Ocean (Counterpoint) by Laura M. Flynn
- Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth's Aerial Bridge (X-communication) by Tony Dierckins
- Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press) by Barbara W. Sommer
- Landscapes of Minnesota: A Geography (Minnesota Historical Society Press) by John Fraser Hart and Susy Svatek Ziegler
- Minnesota on the Map: A Historical Atlas (Minnesota Historical Society Press) by David A. Lanegran
Novel & Short Story:
- Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire (Coffee House Press) by David Mura
- The Plague of Doves (HarperCollins Publishers) by Louise Erdrich
- Shelter Half (Holy Cow! Press) by Carol Bly
- The Soul Thief (Pantheon Books/Random House, Inc.) by Charles Baxter
- Milk and Tides (Nodin Press) by Margaret Hasse
- National Monuments (Michigan State University Press) by Heid E. Erdrich
- The Sound of It (New Rivers Press) by Tim Nolan
- Yellowrocket (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.) by Todd Boss
Young People's Literature:
- Black Box (Delacorte Press/Random House Children's Books) by Julie Schumacher
- Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) (Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.) by Alison McGhee
- Saturday Night Dirt: A Motor Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Will Weaver
- Twelve Long Months (Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.) by Brian Malloy
Hey good luck, Chris M and Tony D! I'll be rootin' for my homeboy and homegirl!
some really tremendous titles. It's great to see a lot of Duluth/Northern Minnesota represented in various ways.
I definitely echo the kudos to Chris M & Tony D!
Monkey With A Toolbelt is outstanding! I've been recommending it to people with kids and people who just like a fun little book. My niece & nephew love it, too. Thank you Chris. Terrific! I can't wait to see what you imagine next.
Agree--Monkey with a Toolbelt is great! And there's already a sequel in which our hero, Chico Bon Bon has to solve a noise problem. Every toolbelt should have a squeegee, a ouija, a nail finder and a candy finder!
Thanks for the fun Ms. Monroe.
I don't know if you all know it, but Duluth publishers and authors are the greatest secret in the book world. About 10 yrs ago, a group of Duluth publishers *swept* the Benjamin Franklin Awards -- which is a national award program, with some intense competition involving the country's best indie publishers. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Duluth publishers and authors will sweep this year's MN book awards.
Next time I get a dog, I'm naming him Chico Bon Bon. I love that book and am looking forward to reading it over and over and over w/my youngest son.
Kudos to great original art created by real people. I laud your efforts Tony and Chris.
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