A book list made to order for anyone — of any age — who loves northern Minnesota

As I’ve gotten busier, I find that I don’t have time to read every bestseller that comes out across the country. However, I do try to make time for Minnesota-based books, because I can find out more about my adopted state and enjoy a good read at the same time. To my delight, I now have a ready-made list of such books to pursue, thanks to the University of Minnesota Duluth library, which announced candidates for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards today. Each May, the regional book community comes together to honor new titles that “capture the spirit of the Northland” and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota.

Volunteer readers are currently reading and evaluating 49 books published in 2012 and nominated in six categories. Why not read a few of these yourself?

25th Annual NEMBA Nominees

Beneath the Palisade: Reliance, Joel Skelton, Dreamspinner Press
Convergence at Two Harbors, Dennis Herschbach, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Crooked Miles, Woven World: A Novella & Short Stories, Bruce Henricksen, Lost Hills Books
Headaches Can Be Murder, Marilyn Rausch and Mary Donlon, North Star Press of St. Cloud
HellBurger, David P. Holmes, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Laman’s River, Mark Munger, Cloquet River Press
The Lighthouse Road: A Novel, Peter Geye, Unbridled Books
The Long-Shining Waters, Danielle Sosin, Milkweed Editions
A Passage of Redemption, Pat McGauley, PJM Publishing
Superior Storm: A Lake Superior Mystery, Tom Hilpert, CreateSpace
Waters of the Dancing Sky, Janet Kay, CreateSpace
Whistling Pines: A Mystery, Dean L. Hovey, CreateSpace
Beacons of the Earth and Sky: Paintings and Poetry Inspired by the Natural World, Diana Randolph, Savage Press
The Boy Who Slept Under the Stars: A Memoir in Poetry, Roseann Lloyd, Holy Cow! Press
The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, Jim Johnson, Red Dragonfly Press
Flood Isle 2012, Eileen Keen, McGregor Printing & Graphics
Grace Intoxicated, Kyle Elden, art by Kate Whittaker, Driftwood Press
The Reindeer Camps and Other Poems, Barton Sutter, BOA Editions
Revisited: Notes on Bob Dylan, Scott F. Parker, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Boundary Waters Canoe Camping, Cliff Jacobson, FalconGuides
Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log, Stephen Wilbers, The History Press
Company Town: An Oral History about Life in Silver Bay, Minnesota, 1950s-1980s, Kent Kaiser, ed., Insight Publishing
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Anton Treuer, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press
Finns in Minnesota, Arnold R. Alanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Ghost Burglar, Jack Burch and James D. King, Savage Press
Hawk Ridge: Minnesota’s Birds of Prey, Laura Erickson, illustrated by Betsy Bowen, University of Minnesota Press
A History of Lutsen: Gateway to the Wilderness, Robert Mc Dowell, Lutsen History Press
History of the Bagley Nature Area Neighborhood, University of MN, Duluth (and Other Stories), John R. Larson, Lulu
Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in Which They Stood, Tony Dierckins and Maryanne C. Norton, Zenith City Press/X-Communication
The Minnesota Book of Skills: Your Guide to Smoking Whitefish, Sauna Etiquette, Tick Extraction, and More, Chris Niskanen, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Minnesota’s Outdoor Wonders, Jim Gilbert, photos by David Brislance, Nodin Press
Rez Salute: The Real Healer Dealer, Jim Northrup, Fulcrum Publishing
Upon Arrival of Illness, Coming to Terms with the Dark Companion, anthology of Kelly Calhane Prize essay winners, Savage Press
Big Waves, Small Boat, Two Kids: A Family Sailing Adventure, Katya Goodenough Gordon, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Can’t Never Did Nothin’: A Minnesota Pioneer Memoir, Glenn W. Ekbom with Clyde W. Ekbom, Savage Press
Danny Boy, Karen M. Collins, family, and friends, Savage Press
For Love of Lakes, Darby Nelson, Michigan State University Press
Going Full Circle: A 1,555-Mile Walk Around the World’s Largest Lake, Mike Link and Kate Crowley, Lake Superior Port Cities
Life on Ice: 25 Years of Arctic Exploration, Lonnie Dupre, Keen Editions
My Mother Is Now Earth, Mark Anthony Rolo, Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press
Suitcase Full of Horses, Cheri Beatty, CrossBooks
Two Bucks and a Can of Gas: Model A Adventures on the Gunflint Trail, Robert R. Olson, North Shore Press/Northern Wilds Media
Frozen, Mary Casanova, University of Minnesota Press
Keeping Safe the Stars, Sheila O’Connor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
The Map Maker, Matthew J. Krengel, North Star Press of St. Cloud
One Frozen Lake, Deborah Jo Larson, paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, Minnesota Historical Society Press
Summer of the Wolves, Polly Carlson-Voiles, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Another Year on the Gunflint Trail, Nace Hagemann, Gunflint Trail Productions
Words and Pictures, Louis Jenkins, images by Richard C. Johnson, Will ‘o the Wisp Books
Presented by the University of Minnesota Duluth Library in collaboration with Friends of the Duluth Public Library, this will be the 25th annual NEMBA competition.
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