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Minnesota Book Awards

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm

Minnesota Book Awards Livestream Ceremony
The Minnesota Book Awards is a year-long program that connects readers and writers throughout Minnesota with the stories of our neighbors!

This year the book awards were announced via livestream. You can still watch the ceremony here.

As the offical bookseller partner of the Minnesota Book Awards, Red Balloon Bookshop is the perfect place to pick up Minnesota Book Award finalists and winners!

Browse below by category or see all titles at the bottom of the page.

2020 Minnesota Book Award Winners

Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Children's Literature Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: General Nonfiction Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Genre Fiction 

Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Middle Grade Literature Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Minnesota Nonfiction 

Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Novel & Short Story Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Poetry Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalists: Young Adult Literature 

 

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A Map Into the World Cover Image
By Kao Kalia Yang, Seo Kim (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781541538368
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Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - October 1st, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Children's Literature


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A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781517907884
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - December 3rd, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Children's Literature


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Home in the Woods Cover Image
By Eliza Wheeler (Illustrator), Eliza Wheeler
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399162909
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - October 1st, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Children's Literature


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My Footprints Cover Image
By Bao Phi, Basia Tran (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781684460007
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Published: Capstone Editions - September 1st, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Children's Literature


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The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780399573194
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 5th, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in General Nonfiction


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America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781541672604
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Published: Basic Books - November 26th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in General Nonfiction


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Consider the Platypus: Evolution through Biology's Most Baffling Beasts Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780316418393
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - August 27th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in General Nonfiction


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Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781624144905
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Published: Page Street Publishing - July 2nd, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in General Nonfiction


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Genre Fiction


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The Body Keeper (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries #3) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781542040242
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Published: Thomas & Mercer - June 4th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Genre Fiction


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Ice Cold Heart: A Monkeewrench Novel Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781643851327
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Published: Crooked Lane Books - September 10th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Genre Fiction


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Nothing More Dangerous Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316509725
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Published: Mulholland Books - November 12th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Genre Fiction


All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313720
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Published: Milkweed Editions - January 8th, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


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Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781517906863
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - April 16th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


$14.00
SKU: SP9780578490618
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


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The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781982583330
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Published: Blackstone Publishing - November 12th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Memoir & Creative Nonfiction


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The Line Tender Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735231603
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Middle Grade Literature


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The Lost Girl Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062275097
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Published: Walden Pond Press - February 12th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Middle Grade Literature


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The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062679666
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Published: Walden Pond Press - March 5th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Middle Grade Literature


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A Tear in the Ocean Cover Image
By H. M. Bouwman, Yuko Shimizu (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399545245
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Published: Puffin Books - February 4th, 2020
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Middle Grade Literature


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Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681341354
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - October 1st, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Minnesota Nonfiction


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Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781681341378
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - October 15th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Minnesota Nonfiction


$75.00
SKU: SP9780960179879
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Minnesota Nonfiction


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Walking the Old Road: A People's History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781517903404
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - December 10th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Minnesota Nonfiction


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Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941628195
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Published: Rose Metal Press - October 15th, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Novel & Short Story


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Stray Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781951057213
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Published: Ninestar Press, LLC - August 12th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Novel & Short Story


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Suicide Woods: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450062
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 15th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Novel & Short Story


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This Tender Land: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781476749297
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Published: Atria Books - September 3rd, 2019
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Bodega: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315243
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Published: Milkweed Editions - October 8th, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Poetry


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A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe Cover Image
By D. Allen, D. Allen (Artist)
$24.00
ISBN: 9781946031464
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Published: Kin(d)* Texts & Projects - February 28th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Poetry


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Mitochondrial Night Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895323
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 5th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Poetry


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Safe Houses I Have Known Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895613
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 10th, 2019
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Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Finalist in Poetry


Catfishing on CatNet: A Novel (A CatNet Novel #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250165084
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Published: Tor Teen - November 19th, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner in Young Adult Literature


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Cracking the Bell Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062453143
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 10th, 2019
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Last Things Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062875068
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 7th, 2019
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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525555483
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019
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The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876 Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781517905286
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - October 23rd, 2018
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner of the Hognander Award


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My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall's Story Cover Image
By John Coy, Gaylord Schanilec (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781681340081
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - October 1st, 2019
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⭐ Minnesota Book Awards 2020 Winner of the Book Artist Award