The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has announced the results of the 21st annual Minnesota Book Awards. A panel of judges selected winners in eight categories, and over 2000 online voters from across Minnesota selected the winner of the Readers’ Choice Award. The awards were presented on the evening of April 25, 2009, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul.
I was on the panel that selected The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang as the winner in the Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction category. It’s a wonderful memoir about the Hmong people and her family’s journey to Minnesota. I highly recommend the book especially if you, like me, are a little fuzzy on the history of the Hmong people.
Here’s the complete list of the winners:
Children’s Literature: The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson
General Non-fiction: The Compassionate Carnivore by Catherine Friend
Genre Fiction: Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer
Memoir & Creative Non-fiction: The Latehomecomer by Kao Kalia Yang
Minnesota: Hard Work and a Good Deal by Barbara W. Sommer
Novel & Short Story: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
Poetry: National Monuments by Heid E. Erdrich
Young Adult Literature: Twelve Long Months by Brian Malloy
The Latehomecomer also won the Readers’ Choice Award, which is a wonderful tribute.
Congratulations to all of the winners!