Friends of St. Paul Public Library Announces 2022 Minnesota Book Awards Finalists – Twin Cities

The Friends of St. Paul Public Library announced the finalists in nine categories for the 2022 Minnesota Book Awards on Saturday.

Winners will be announced at the 2022 Minnesota Book Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul. The event is live this year, having aired virtually last year due to COVID concerns. Tickets are $22 and will be available at from Monday 31 January. The preface begins at 7 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m.

There will be an option to access the livestream of the ceremony for free online. The official social media hashtag is #mnbookawards.

Here are the finalists:

Children’s literature

Sponsored by Books for Africa

Hello, Earth! Poems to our planet by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers/Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company)

Henry at home by Megan Maynor; illustrated by Alea Marley (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

how to apologize by David La Rochelle; illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Candlewick Press*)

ten beautiful things by Molly Beth Griffin; illustrated by Maribel Lechuga (Charlesbridge Publishing)

General non-fiction

Booth Girls: Pregnancy, Adoption and the Secrets We’ve Kept by Kim Heikkila (Minnesota Historical Society Press*)

Find a Trail or Blaze One: A Biography of Dr. Reatha Clark King by Kate Leibfried (Beaver’s Pond Press*)

Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters” by Kim Todd (Harper/HarperCollins)

The Violence Project: How to Stop an Epidemic of Mass Shootings by Jillian Peterson and James Densley (Abrams Books)


Sponsored by Macalester College

Insurrection by Tom Combs (Evoke Publishing*)

Life is too short by Abby Jimenez (Forever/Hachette Book Group)

Love at first sight: a novel by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster)

The stolen hours by Allen Eskens (Mulholland Books/Hachette Book Group)

Memory and creative non-fiction

Are you Borg now? by Said Shaiye (Really Serious Literature)

self, divided by John Medeiros (Howling Bird Press*)

Sounds like trapped thunder by Jessica Lind Peterson (Seneca Review Books/Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press)

Watershed: caring for the body and the land in distress by Ranae Lenor Hanson (University of Minnesota Press*)

Intermediate Literature

Sponsored by Education Minnesota

The epic year of Ahmed Aziz by Nina Hamza (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins)

Jo Jo Makoons: the usual best friend by Dawn Quigley; illustrated by Tara Audibert (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)

long lost by Jacqueline West (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins)

Emilie Buchwald Award for Minnesota Nonfiction

Sponsored by Bibliobus

Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling by Hampton Smith (Minnesota Historical Society Press*)

From the Gridiron to the Battlefield: Minnesota’s March to a College Football Title and World War II by Danny Spewak (Rowman & Littlefield)

Kura: prophetic messenger by Richard Bresnahan (Kura Book Publishing, LLC*)

Opioid Calculus: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehabilitated State by Amy C. Sullivan (University of Minnesota Press*)

novel and short story

After Francesco by Brian Malloy (John Scognamiglio Books/Kensington Publishing)

brood by Jackie Polzin (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)

carnival lights by Chris Stark (Modern History Press)

The seed keeper by Diane Wilson (Editions Milkweed*)


Dead Reckoning by Jude Nutter (Salmon Poetry)

Houses by Moheb Soliman (Coffee House Press*)

Sho by Douglas Kearney (Wave Books)

worldly things by Michael Kleber-Diggs (Editions Milkweed*)

Children’s literature

Sponsored by Expedition Credit Union

The amalgam by Michel Prince (Fire and Ice/Melange Books, LLC)

In My Heart: The Adoption Story Project by Alan Berks & Leah Cooper; illustrated by Becca Hart (Wonderlust Productions*)

The night no one made love by Kalena Miller (AW Teen/Albert Whitman)

The spy who raised me by Ted Anderson; illustrated by Gianna Meola (Graphic Universe/Lerner Publishing Group*)

*Denotes Minnesota-based publisher