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A selection of the winners in nonfiction categories from the past ten years. For more information, go to Minnesota Book Awards.

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Fiction
  Cover Art: Curse of the Jade Lily 2013
Housewright, David
Curse of the Jade Lily
"Several years ago, Rushmore McKenzie became an unexpected millionaire and set about doing not much of anything. Now, showing up at his doorstep is the insurance company that paid the settlement that made him rich--and they want a favor. Someone has stolen a very expensive gem from a local art museum and is willing to ransom it back. The only condition is that McKenzie has to be the go between. And this is no ordinary gem--it is a jade with a history going back to the Qing Dynasty and a reputed curse that stories claim has ruined or killed everyone who has ever owned it. McKenzie agrees to help but what starts out as a simple ransom quickly becomes complicated. Suddenly other parties--including the State Department and a mysterious woman named Heavenly--start showing up, wanting McKenzie to turn over the gem to them. When the murdered body of one of the thieves turns up in a snow drift, it looks like the cursed Jade Lily has claimed its latest victim. And there may well be more to follow
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Round House : a Novel 2013
Erdrich, Louise.
The Round House : a Novel
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Big Wheat : a Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood 2012
Thompson, Richard A.
Big Wheat : a Tale of Bindlestiffs and Blood
Award for Genre Fiction
After he comes across a stranger digging a grave in an open field during the time of harvest in 1919, Charlie Krueger must find some way to live long enough to stop a heartless killer called the Windmill Man from killing again.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Law of Miracles : and other Stories 2012
Smith, Gregory Blake
The Law of Miracles : and other Stories
Award for Novel & Short Story
Writing with a remarkable range of invention, Gregory Blake Smith has created a world in which his characters navigate between the everyday and the extraordinary: an aged Russian woman who lives simultaneously in the St. Petersburg of iPods and BMWs and in the starving Leningrad of the Siege; a Venetian art conservator who loves the women of the Renaissance paintings he restores but cannot bear the touch of the woman at his side; a down-and-out slot-machine technician who calculates the probability of his wife's dying.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Tale of Halcyon Crane : a Novel 2011
Webb, Wendy
The Tale of Halcyon Crane : a Novel
Award for Genre Fiction
A young woman travels alone to a remote island to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling modern ghost story.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Vestments 2011
Reimringer, John
Vestments
Award for Novel & Short Story
Just a few years after his ordination as a priest in the Catholic Church, James Dressler finds himself attracted again to his first love, Betty Garcia, and is torn by his opposing desires for the Church and for Betty.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Book of Night Women 2010
James, Marlon
The Book of Night Women
Award for Novel & Short Story
Lilith was born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the slave women around her recognize a dark power that they--and she--will come to both revere and fear. The Night Women, as they call themselves, have long been plotting a slave revolt, and as Lilith comes of age and reveals the extent of her power, they see her as the key to their plans. But when she begins to understand her own feelings and desires and identity, Lilith starts to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman in Jamaica, and risks becoming the conspiracy's weak link.
2009
Adult Fiction Book JAMES
  Cover Art: Jelly's Gold 2010
Housewright, David
Jelly's Gold
Award for Genre Fiction
Rushmore McKenzie, a retired St. Paul policeman and unexpected millionaire, often works as an unlicensed P.I., doing favors as it suits him. When graduate students Ivy Flynn and Josh Berglund show up with a story about $8 million in missing stolen gold from the '30s, McKenzie is intrigued. But they aren't the only ones looking. So are a couple of two-bit thugs, a woman named Heavenly, a local big-wig, and others. When Berglund is shot dead outside of Ivy's apartment, the treasure hunt turns unexpectedly deadly. McKenzie is looking for more than a legendary stash from seventy-five years ago, he's looking for a killer and the long hidden truth behind Jelly's gold.
2009
Adult Mystery Book HOUSEWR
  Cover Art: Stalking Susan 2009
Kramer, Julie
Stalking Susan
Award for Genre Fiction
Investigative journalist Riley Spartz discovers that a serial killer may be targeting women named Susan and killing one on the same day of each year, and takes on an obstinate news director and a politician in fear of negative publicity for the city of Minneapolis as she launches a bold campaign to find the murderer.
2008
Adult Mystery Book KRAMER
  Cover Art: The Plague of Doves 2009
Erdrich, Louise
The Plague of Doves
Award for Novel & Short Story
Unaware of a violent event that marked the beginning of her mixed ancestry, ambitious young Evelina Harp, a part-Ojibwe, part-white girl prone to falling hopelessly in love, learns disturbing truths from her gifted storyteller grandfather, while a sentimental judge weighs the legacy of a century-old crime as reflected by his own love life.
2008
Adult Fiction Book ERDRICH
  Cover Art: The Last Communist Virgin: Stories 2008
Ping, Wang
The Last Communist Virgin: Stories
Award for Novel & Short Story
"From the restaurants of New York's Chinatown to the retail emporium of Bergdorf Goodman, and from remote Chinese military outposts to the streets of Beijing, these stories open a window into the rapid transformations of an ancient culture. As the characters struggle to find their way, a young girl discovers love amidst a sea of angry Red Guards, emigres navigate New York's relentless rat race, and an old man returns to a Beijing he doesn't recognize on a mission to restore his son-in-law's flagging honor. In the finale, the origins of humanity and its reckless dash toward an apocalyptic future are distilled into a love story with far-reaching implications." [Book Jacket]
2007
Adult Fiction Book WANG
  Cover Art: Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery 2008
Krueger, William Kent
Thunder Bay: A Cork O'Connor Mystery
Award for Genre Fiction
Leaving behind a stressful law enforcement career in the hopes of becoming a private investigator in his small Minnesota hometown, Cork O'Connor is asked by an Ojibwe healer to help him find the son the man fathered years earlier, a case that culminates in an attempt on the Ojibwe's life.
2007
Adult Mystery Book KRUEGER
  Cover Art: When Charlotte Comes Home 2007
Smith, Maureen Millea
When Charlotte Comes Home
Award for Novel & Short Story
Fred is a sensitive young man growing up in a Catholic family in Omaha when the death of his spunky younger sister causes a deep and far-reaching affect on his entire family and broader community. With the bleak backdrop of the 60s and 70s, Fred looks back on his early, formative years and his own sexual awakening and coming of age as a young gay man.
2006
Adult Fiction Book SMITH
  Cover Art: Copper River: A Cork O'Connor Mystery 2007
Krueger, William Kent
Copper River: A Cork O'Connor Mystery
Award for Genre Fiction
On the run from hitmen, sheriff Cork O'Connor hides out at an old resort, owned by his cousin Jewell DuBois, on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
2006
Adult Mystery Book KRUEGER
  Cover Art: The Painted Drum 2006
Erdrich, Louise
The Painted Drum
Award for Novel and Short Story
Discovering a cache of valuable Native American artifacts while appraising a family estate in New Hampshire, Faye Travers investigates the history of a ceremonial drum, which possesses spiritual powers and changes the lives of people who encounter it.
2005
Adult Fiction Book ERDRICH
  Cover Art: The Iron Girl 2006
Hart, Ellen
The Iron Girl
Award for Popular Fiction
While sorting through the belongings of her late lover, Christine Kane, Minneapolis restaurateur Jane Lawless discovers a gun that could hold the clue to Christine's death as well as the murders of three members of the Simoneau family.
2005
Adult Mystery Book HART
  Cover Art: The Work of Wolves 2005
Meyers, Kent
The Work of Wolves
Award for Novel and Short Story
Carson Fielding is well respected for his ability to train horses, but after reluctantly agreeing to work for a wealthy rancher he despises, he finds his loathing supplanted by his growing desire for his employer's wife.
2004
Adult Fiction Book MEYERS
  Cover Art: Alone at Night 2005
Erickson, K. J.
Alone at Night
Award for Popular Fiction
Exhausted and burnt-out after dealing with a series of major homicides, Mars Bahr and his partner are assigned to investigate the unsolved, sixteen-year-old case of a missing girl, but their search for answers uncovers the subsequent death of the girl's best friend, the disappearance of the case's two primary witnesses, and unexpected danger threatening those closest to them.
2004
Adult Mystery Book ERICKSON
  Cover Art: Monkeewrench 2004
Tracy, P. J.
Monkeewrench
"Haunted by a series of horrifying and violent episodes in their past, Grace McBride and the oddball crew of her software company, Monkeewrench, create a computer game where the killer is always caught, where the good guys always win. But their game becomes a nightmare when someone starts duplicating the fictional murders in real life, down to the last detail. By the time the police realize what's happening, three people are dead, and with seventeen more murder scenarios available online, there are seventeen more potential victims. While the authorities scramble to find the killer in a city paralyzed by fear, the Monkeewrench staff are playing their own game, analyzing victim profiles in a frantic attempt to discover the murderer's next target. In a thriller populated by characters both hilarious and heartbreaking, a rural Wisconsin sheriff, two Minneapolis police detectives, and Grace's gang are caught in a web of decades-old secrets that could get them all killed"--Front flap.
2003
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Where No Gods Came 2004
O'Connor, Sheila.
Where No Gods Came
2003
Adult Fiction Book
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