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MN Book Awards

This Saturday, April 6th, the 2019 Minnesota Book Award winners will be announced. Thanks to PAFL, Meinders Community Library readers can check out all of the nominees. For more information on this year’s nominees or to see the winners after April 6th, visit

Children’s Literature (Picturebooks)

  • Best Friends in the Universe by Stephanie Watson, illustrations by LeUyen Pham
  • Hush Hush, Forest by Mary Casanova, woodcuts by Nick Wroblewski
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
  • Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal

General Nonfiction

  • Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery
  • The Relentless Business of Treaties by Martin Case
  • A Stranger’s Journey by David Mura
  • Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company by C. Roger Pellett

Genre Fiction

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
  • Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
  • The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens
  • The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

  • The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
  • Chinese-Ness by Wing Young Huie
  • The I-35W Bridge Collapse by Kimberly J. Brown
  • Wild Mares by Dianna Hunter

Middle Grade Literature

  • The Collectors by Jacqueline West
  • The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz
  • Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
  • Otherwood by Pete Hautman

Minnesota Nonfiction

  • The Children of Lincoln by William D. Green
  • The Crusade for Forgotten Souls by Susan Bartlett Foote
  • Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais by Timothy Cochrane
  • Gunflint Burning by Cary J. Griffith

Novel & Short Story

  • A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out by Sally Franson
  • Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich
  • Oranges by Gary Eldon Peter
  • The Patron Saint of Lost Girls by Maureen Aitken


  • The Body of the World by Mary Moore Easter
  • GeNtry!fication by Chaun Webster
  • Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen
  • Wilder by Claire Wahmanholm

Young Adult Literature

  • Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
  • Hooper by Geoff Herbach
  • We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
  • What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

Still hungry for Minnesota stories? Stop by the library tonight at 6:30pm for Little Minnesota in World War II.


Meinders Community Library is a combined school and public library that serves the residents of Pipestone County in Southwestern Minnesota. It is part of the Plum Creek Library System.