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Local stories finalists in Minnesota Book Awards, but don't take the trophy

Apr 07, 2019 04:59PM ● By Editor
Photo:  St. Paul Pioneer Press

From Minnesota Public Radio News - April 7, 2019

"Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais: Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade"
by Timothy Cochrane and "Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters" by Cary J. Griffith were both nominated in the Minnesota Book Awards "Minnesota Non-Fiction" category.

But they were bested by 
"The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental Institutions, 1946-1954" by Susan Bartlett Foote as the winner in the the Minnesota Non-Fiction category

Foote recounts Minnesota's reform movement that broke the stigma surrounding mental illness, publicized the painful truth about the state's asylums, and resulted in the first legislative steps toward a modern mental health system.

Minnesota's literary community gathered Saturday night in St. Paul for the 31st annual Minnesota Book Awards.

More than 220 works by Minnesota authors and poets, published in 2018, were submitted for the awards; a panel of judges narrowed that field down to 36 finalists in January.

Follow this link to see all the winners and finalists in the various categories.

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