The Minnesota Book Awards

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1988:  the first year's winners
The first year's awards were made without mention of categories
The high price of everything : stories by Kathleen Coskran
The star maiden : an Ojibway tale / retold by Barbara Juster Esbensen ; illustrated by Helen K. Davie
Spillville by Patricia Hampl ; engravings by Steven Sorman
Leaving home by Garrison Keillor
Selected poems, 1938-1988 by Thomas McGrath
Hatchet : a novel by Gary Paulsen

Anthologies & Collections/Collected Works
     Voices of Rondo : oral histories of Saint Paul’s historic Black community, edited by Kate Cavett
2005     Old Glory : American war poems from the Revolutionary War to the war on terrorism, edited by Robert Hedin
2004     A place called home : writings on the Midwestern small town, edited by Richard O. Davies, Joseph A. Amato, David R. Pichaske
2003     Keys to the interior : twenty-five years of Great River Review, edited by Richard Broderick and Robert Hedin
2002     The cancer poetry project : poems by cancer patients and those who love them, edited by Karin B. Miller
2001     Visiting Emily : poems inspired by the life & work of Emily Dickinson, edited by Sheila Coghill & Thom Tammaro ; foreword by Robert Bly

1999     The talking of hands : unpublished writings by New Rivers Press authors, edited by Robert Alexander, Mark Vinz, and C. W. Truesdale
1997     Changing the bully who rules the world : reading and thinking about ethics, compiled by Carol Bly

1996     Imagining home : writing from the Midwest, edited by Mark Vinz and Thom Tammaro
1994     Inheriting the land : contemporary voices from the Midwest, edited by Mark Vinz and Thom Tammaro
1993     The Beacon book of quotations by women, compiled by Rosalie Maggio
1992     The Graywolf annual eight : the new family, edited by Scott Walker

2003     Cap Wigington : an architectural legacy in ice and stone by David Vassar Taylor, with Paul Clifford Larson

Art and Music
2003     The Gág family : German-Bohemian artists in America by Julie L'Enfant

Autobiography/Biography/Creative nonfiction/Memoirs/Personal narrative/Personal papers/Personal voices
2018     Onigamiising : seasons of an Ojibwe year by Linda LeGarde Grover
2017     The song poet : a memoir of my father by Kao Kalia Yang
2016     Water and what we know : following the roots of a northern life by Karen Babine
2015     Tailings : a memoir by Kaethe Schwehn
2014     Prairie silence : a memoir by Melanie Hoffer
2013     Turn here sweet corn : organic farming works by Atina Diffley
2012     A song at twilight : of Alzheimer's and love by Nancy Paddock
2011     Carrier : untangling the danger in my DNA by Bonnie J. Rough
2010     The wolf at twilight : an Indian elder's journey through a land of ghosts and shadows by Kent Nerburn
2009     The latehomecomer : a Hmong family memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
     The florist's daughter by Patricia Hampl (memoir and creative nonfiction)
2007     Spirit car : journey to a Dakota past by Diane Wilson
2006     Left for dead : a second life after Vietnam by Jon Hovde and Maureen Anderson
2005     Flim-flam man : the true story of my father's counterfeit life by Jennifer Vogel
2004     The language of blood : a memoir by Jane Jeong Trenka (Autobiography and memoir)
2003     Back to Mississippi : a personal journey through the events that changed America in 1964 by Mary V. Winstead (Autobiography, Biography, Memoir)
2002     While the locust slept by Peter Razor (Autobiography and memoir)
2001     Packinghouse daughter : a memoir by Cheri Register (Autobiography and memoir)
2000     Telling : a memoir of rape and recovery by Patricia Weaver Francisco (Biography and memoir)
1999     The witness of combines by Kent Meyers (Memoirs); A Lake Superior lawyer : a biography of Chester Adgate Congdon by Roy O. Hoover (Biography)
1998     The far islands and other cold places : travel essays of a Victorian lady by Elizabeth Taylor (Personal papers); John Quincy Adams : a public life, a private life by Paul C Nagel (Autobiography/Biography)
1997     The heart can be filled anywhere on earth : Minneota, Minnesota by Bill Holm, Bill (Personal voices); Patty's journey : from orphanage to adoption and reunion by Donna Scott Norling

1996     Shepherdess : notes from the field by Joan Jarvis Ellison (Personal voices); Jack and Rochelle : a Holocaust story of love and resistance by Jack Sutin (Biography)
1995     Eggs in the coffee, sheep in the corn : my 17 years as a farm wife by Marjorie Myers Douglas (Biography); Neither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder by Kent Nerburn (Personal voices)
1994     Walking the Rez Road by Jim Northrup

1993     The journey goes on by David Nimmer
1992     Matriarch of conspiracy : Ruth von Kleist 1867-1945 by Jane Pejsa (Biography)
1991     Coming home crazy : an alphabet of China essays by Bill Holm (Biography)

Book Design & Execution/Illustrated Book/Fine Press
     What it’s like here by Jim Moore, Regula Russelle and CB Sherlock
     Ghost poems for the living : 13 sonnets by Shakespeare with distillations, William Shakespeare, text and Paulette Myers-Rich, text
2005     Distance from the sun : thirty prose poems from thirty years by Louis Jenkins; illustrated by Chandler O’Leary; Jeff Rathermel, design and binding; Jana Pullman, design and binding  (Fine press)
2004     Poetry of chance encounters by Harriet Bart, Harriet   (Fine press)
2003     Impressions by Roger Cooper ; Mandi Selisker, designer; John Erickson, artist
2002     Garment Register by Harriet Bart, book artist ; Phillip Gallo, printer ; Jill Jevne, binder
     The summer house by Patricia Hampl; Harold Kyle, book artist; Michael Lizama, book artist; Mary Jo Pauly, book artist  (Fine press)
2000     Broder by Anna Reckin; Paulette Myers-Rich, photographs and bookwork (Fine press)
1999     Chased by the light : a 90-day journey by Jim Brandenburg (Illustrated book); Roar shocks by David Rathman (Fine press)
1998     Connections & reflections : mothers & daughters in their own light, in their own words by Catherine Koemptgen (illustrated books)
1997     Minnesota architect : the life and work of Clarence H. Johnston by Paul Clifford Larson
1996     The architecture of Edwin Lundie by Dale Mulfinger
1995     The shape of things : the art of Francis Lee Jaques by Patricia Condon Johnston
1994     The Lake Superior images by Craig Blacklock
1989     The Arctic wolf : living with the pack by L. David Mech
1988     Border country : the Quetico-Superior wilderness by Craig Blacklock

Children's/Young Adult/Younger Children/Older Children/Middle grade (Fiction/Non-fiction/Picture Books/Poetry)
2018     A different pond by Bao Phi ; illustrated by Thi Bui (children's); The end of the wild by Nicole Helget (middle grade); The Exo Project by Andrew DeYoung (young adult)
2017     Worm loves worm by J. J. Austrian (children's); The secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey; The memory book by Laura Avery (young adult)
2016     Red : a crayon's story by Michael Hall (children's); See no color by Shannon Gibney (young people's)
2015     Winter bees and other poems of the cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen; West of the moon by Margi Preus
2014     Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka; Sex and violence : a novel by Carrie Mesrobian (young people's)
     It’s a tiger! by David LaRochelle (Children's); Nothing special by Geoff Herbach
2012     BookSpeak! : poems about books by Laura Purdie Salas ; illustrated by Josée Bisaillon (Children's); With or without you by Brian Farrey (Young adult)
2011     My heart is like a zoo by Michael Hall; Blank confession by Pete Hautman (Young adult)
2010     Red sings from treetops : a year in colors by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski (Children's); The magician's elephant by Kate DiCamillo (Young adult)
2009     The house in the night, written by Susan Marie Swanson ; pictures by Beth Krommes (Children's); Twleve long months by Brian Malloy (Young adult)
2008     Emmy and the incredible shrinking rat by Lynne Jonell ; art by Jonathan Bean (Children's); Defect by Will Weaver (Young adult)
2007     Tomorrow, the river by Dianne E. Gray (children's); The book of one hundred truths by Julie Schumacher (young adult)
2006     Wanda Gág : storybook artist by Gwenyth Swain (non-fiction); The counterfeit princess by Jane Resh Thomas (fiction); Fold me a poem by Kristine O’Connell George ; Lauren Stringer, illustrator (picture book); All rivers flow to the sea by Alison McGhee (young adult fiction)
2005     The darkest evening by William Durbin (Children's fiction); The hidden folk : stories of fairies, dwarves, selkies, and other secret beings by Lise Lunge-Larsen (Children's and young adult nonfiction); The best pet of all by David LaRochelle ; illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama (Picture Book); Godless by Pete Hautman (Young adult fiction and poetry)
2004     Hey, pancakes! by Tamson Weston ; pictures by Stephen Gammell (Children's fiction); Our family tree : an evolution story by Lisa Westberg Peters ; Illustrated by Lauren Stringer (Children's non-fiction); Sweetblood by Pete Hautman (Young adult fiction); Northern lights : the stories of Minnesota's past by Dave Kenney (Young adult non-fiction)
2003     Countdown to kindergarten by Alison McGhee ; Pictures by Harry Bliss (Children's fiction); The sky's the limit : stories of discovery by women and girls by Catherine Thimmesh ; Illustrated by Melissa Sweet (Children's non-fiction); Firestorm by Jan Neubert Schultz (Young adult fiction); The good path : Ojibwe learning and activity book for kids by Thomas Peacock (Young adult non-fiction)
2002     The race of the Birkebeiners by Lise Lunge-Larsen ; illustrated by Mary Azarian (Children); Zazoo by Richard Mosher (Youth literature)
2001     Curse of a winter moon by Mary Casanova (Young adult); The hunter : a Chinese folktale, retold by Mary Casanova ; illustrations by Ed Young  (Children)
2000     The troll with no heart in his body : and other tales of trolls from Norway, retold by Lise Lunge-Larsen ; woodcuts by Betsy Bowen  (Children); Dove song by Kristine Franklin (Young adult)
1999     Soldier's heart : a novel of the Civil War by Gary Paulsen (Young person's fiction); Behind the mask : the life of Queen Elizabeth I by Jane Resh Thomas (Children's non-fiction); Out of the ocean by Debra Frasier (Picture book, illustrator); Elizabeti's doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Picture book, author)
1998     The broken blade by William Durbin (Young adult fiction); If you were born a kitten by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen  (Picture book); Stolen dreams : portraits of working children by David L. Parker (Children's non-fiction)
1997     Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris (Young adult fiction); Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble by Phyllis Root; illustrated by David Parkins  (Picture book); Snapshot : America discovers the camera by Kenneth P. Czech (Children's non-fiction)
1996     Ellis Island : doorway to freedom by Steven Kroll; illustrated by Karen Ritz  (Winner, illustrator); Daddy played music for the cows by Maryann N. Weidt; illustrated by Henri Sorensen  (Winner, author); Hometown by Marsha Qualey (Young adult fiction); Bookworks : making books by hand by Gwenyth Swain; with Minnesota Center for Book Arts ; illustrations by Jennifer Hagerman ; photographs by Andy King  (Children's non-fiction)
1995     Imani in the belly by Deborah M. Newton Chocolate; pictures by Alex Boies  (Younger children); Am I blue? : coming out from the silence, edited by Marion Dane Bauer  (Older children); Sovietrek : a journey by bicycle across Russia by Dan Buettner (Children's non-fiction)
1994     Tracks in the wild by Betsy Bowen (Younger children); Sungura and Leopard : a Swahili trickster tale by Barbara Knutson (Younger children); To the top of the world : adventures with Arctic wolves by Jim Brandenburg  (Older children non-fiction); Revolutions of the heart by Marsha Qualey (Older children fiction)
1993     Old black fly by Jim Aylesworth; illustrations by Stephen Gammell  (Younger children); What's your story? : a young person's guide to writing fiction by Marion Dane Bauer (Older children)
1992     The salamander room by Anne Mazer; illustrated by Steve Johnson  (Younger children); Face to face : a novel by Marion Dane Bauer (Older children)
1991     Is this a house for a hermit crab? by Megan McDonald (Younger children; International Children's Book Award); How the Guinea fowl got her spots : a Swahili tale of friendship by Barbara Knutson (Younger children); Woodsong by Gary Paulsen (Older children)

1989     The sun, the wind, and the rain by Lisa Westberg Peters (Younger children); Going the moose way home by Jim Latimer ; Donald Carrick, illustrator (Children's)

1993     Scandinavian feasts by Beatrice A. Ojakangas

2003     Ojibwe waasa inaabidaa = We look in all directions by Thomas D. Peacock

Fiction/Novel & Short Story/Popular Fiction/Genre fiction
2018     The end of Temperance Dare : a novel by Wendy Webb (genre); What it means when a man falls from the sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah (novel & short story)
2017     The heavens may fall by Allen Eskens (genre); Wintering by Peter Geye (novel & short story)
2016     The grave soul by Ellen Hart (genre fiction); There's something I want you to do : stories by Charles Baxter (novel & short story)
2015     The secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen (genre fiction); A brief history of seven killings by Marlon James (novel & short story)
2014     Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger (genre fiction); The peripatetic coffin and other stories by Ethan Rutherford (novel & short story)
2013     Curse of the Jade Lily : a McKenzie novel by David Housewright (genre fiction); The round house by Louise Erdrich
2012     Big wheat : a tale of bindlestiffs and blood by Richard A. Thompson (genre fiction); The law of miracles and other stories by Gregory Blake Smith (novel & short story)
2011     The tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Webb (genre fiction); Vestments by John Reimringer (novel & short story)
2010     Jelly's gold by David Housewright (genre fiction); The book of night women by Marlon James (novel & short story)
2009     The plague of doves by Louise Erdrich (novel & short story); Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (genre fiction)
2008     Thunder Bay : a Cork O’Connor mystery by William Kent Krueger (genre fiction); The last communist virgin : stories by Wang Ping (novel & short story)
2007     Copper River : a Cork O’Connor mystery by William Kent Krueger (genre fiction); When Charlotte comes home by Maureen Millea Smith (novel & short story)
2006     The painted drum by Louise Erdrich (novel & short story); The iron girl by Ellen Hart (popular fiction)
2005     The work of wolves by Kent Meyers (Novel & Short Story); Alone at night by K. J. Erickson (Popular Fiction)
2004     Where no gods came by Sheila O'Connor; Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy
2003     Miniatures by Norah Labiner (Fiction); Mortal prey by John Sandford (Genre)
2002     The last report on the miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich (Novel & Short Story); Purgatory Ridge : a Cork O'Conner mystery by William Kent Krueger (Popular Fiction)
2001     Dark coulee : a Claire Watkins mystery by Mary Logue (Popular Fiction); Shadow baby by Alison McGhee (Novel & Short Story)
2000     Dating Miss Universe : nine stories by Steven Polansky (Short Story); Mrs. Million by Pete Hautman (Popular Fiction); The multicultiboho sideshow by Alexs D. Pate (Novel)
1999     Rainlight by Alison McGhee (Novels and Short Stories); Iron Lake : a Cork O'Connor mystery by William Kent Krueger (Mystery); Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
1998     Small invasions by Beth Weatherby (Short Stories); Floating kingdom : a novel by George Rabasa (Novels); Practice to deceive by David Housewright (Mystery); From the end of the twentieth century by John M. Ford (Fantasy & Science Fiction); Growing up Lutheran : what does this mean? by Janet Letnes Martin (Fun & humor)
1997     Glass houses : stories by George Rabasa (Short Stories); Tales of burning love by Louise Erdrich (Novels); Silent words by Joan Drury (Mystery)
1996     Revealing the unknown to a pair of lovers : stories by Ann Lundberg Grunke (Novel & Short Stories); Faint praise : a Jane Lawless mystery by Ellen Hart (Mystery); The unnatural : a novel by David Prill (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
1995     Seventeen grams of soul by Emilio DeGrazia (Fiction); A small sacrifice : a Jane Lawless mystery by Ellen Hart (Mystery); A college of magics by Caroline Stevermer (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
1994     Black dreams by Kate Green (Mystery); A place where the sea remembers : a novel by Sandra Benítez (Fiction); Ring of swords by Eleanor Arnason (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
1993     The man who was taller than God by Harold Adams (Mystery); Winter roads, summer fields : stories by Marjorie Dorner (Fiction)
1992     My father's war and other stories by Barton Sutter (Fiction); Elsewhere by Will Shetterly (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
1991     Freeze frame by Marjorie Dorner (Mystery); The stone canoe and other stories by John L. Peyton (Fiction); Dealing with dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (Fantasy & Science Fiction)

1989     Morning glory by LaVyrle Spencer (Genres); A gravestone made of wheat : stories by Will Weaver (Fiction)

     The lobotomist : a maverick medical genius and his tragic quest to rid the world of mental illness by Jack El-Hai
2005     Genghis Khan and the making of the modern world by Jack Weatherford
2004     Mill city : a visual history of the Minneapolis mill district, edited by Shannon M. Pennefeather
2003     Pale horse at Plum Run : the First Minnesota at Gettysburg by Brian Leehan (History, politics, & culture)
2002     Views on the Mississippi : the photographs of Henry Peter Bosse by Mark Neuzil (History & biography)
2001     The haymakers : a chronicle of five farm families by Steven R. Hoffbeck
2000     Minnesota's twentieth century : stories of extraordinary everyday people by D. J. Tice
1999     Building community, keeping the faith : German Catholic vernacular architecture in a rural Minnesota parish by Fred W. Peterson
1998     Icy pleasures : Minnesota celebrates winter by Paul Clifford Larson
1997     Aldo Leopold : a fierce green fire by Marybeth Lorbiecki (Biography & history)
1996     Professor Wellstone goes to Washington : the inside story of a grassroots U. S. Senate campaign by Dennis J. McGrath
     As seen on TV : the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling
1994     The hike into the sun : memoir of an American soldier captured on Bataan in 1942 and imprisoned by the Japanese until 1945 by Bernard T. FitzPatrick

Hognander Minnesota History Award
     Flames of discontent : the 1916 Minnesota iron ore strike by Gary Kaunonen
2016     Degrees of freedom : the origins of civil rights in Minnesota, 1865-1912 by William D. Green
2014     Mni sota makoce : the land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White
2012     North country : the making of Minnesota by Mary Wingerd

Information/Help & Guidance
1999     Raising nonviolent children in a violent world : a family handbook by Michael Obsatz (Health & guidance); Hiking Minnesota by John Pukite (Information)
1998     Minnesota business almanac : Minnesota's guide to business  (Information); Taking charge of my mind & body : a girls' guide to outsmarting alcohol, drugs, smoking, and eating problems by Gladys Folkers (Health & guidance)
1997     Canoe country flora : plants and trees of the North Woods and Boundary Waters by Mark Stensaas (Information); The manipulative child : how to regain control and raise resourceful, resilient, and independent kids by Ernest W. Swihart (Health & guidance)
1996     A concise dictionary of Minnesota Ojibwe by John Nichols (Information); Realistic oil painting techniques by Kurt Anderson (Health & guidance)
1995     Minnesota job seeker's sourcebook : the complete statewide guide to job-seeking support services  2d ed.  (Information); Suicide--why? : 85 questions and answers about suicide by Adina Wrobleski (Health & guidance)
1994     Writing for business : helpful, easy-to-apply advice for everyone who writes on the job by Stephen Wilbers
1993     The wild gardener : the life and selected writings of Eloise Butler by Martha E. Hellander
1992     Walking Minnesota by Mary Jo Malach (Information)
1991     How to say it : choice words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs for every situation by Rosalie Maggio (Information)

2003     Overcoming : the autobiography of W. Harry Davis by W. Harry Davis

2018     Got to be something here : the rise of the Minneapolis sound by Andrea Swensson
2017     The big marsh : the story of a lost landscape by Cheri Register
2016     Minnesota modern : architecture and life at midcentury by Larry Millett
2015     Her honor : Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota women's movement by Lori Sturdevant
2014     Modern spirit : the art of George Morrison by W. Jackson Rushing III and Kristin Makholm
2013     Mni sota makoce : the land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White
2012     Pioneer modernists : Minnesota's first generation of women artists by Julie L'Enfant
2011     North country : the making of Minnesota by Mary Lethert Wingerd
2010     Opening Goliath : danger and discovery in caving by Cary J. Griffith
2009     Hard work and a good deal : the Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota by Barbara W. Sommer
     Land of amber waters : the history of brewing in Minnesota by Doug Hoverson
2006     A northern front : new and selected essays by John Hildebrand
2005     Minnesota treasures : stories behind the state's historic places by Denis P. Gardner
2004     Looking for the summer by Jim Brandenburg
2003     Voices for the land : Minnesotans write about the places they love  Photographs by Brian Peterson
2002     In search of Lake Wobegon by Garison Keillor ; photographs by Richard Olsenius
2001     Wild rice cooking : harvesting, history, natural history, and lore with 80 recipes by Susan Hauser
2000     Worlds within a world : reflections on visits to Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area Preserves by Paul Gruchow
1999     Valley of grass : tallgrass prairie and parkland of the Red River region by Kim Alan Chapman
1998     A wild neighborhood by John Henricksson (Nature)
1997     Far from tame : reflections from the heart of a continent by Laurie Allmann (Nature); Tales of the old north shore : paintings and companion stories by Howard Sivertson (Minnesota)
1996     Minnesota's natural heritage : an ecological perspective by John R. Tester (Nature); Minnesota gardens : an illustrated history by Susan Davis Price (Minnesota)
1995     Amphibians & reptiles native to Minnesota by Barney Oldfield
1994     Basic needs : a year with street kids in a city school by Julie Landsman
1991     The bear guardian : northwoods tales and meditations by Peter M. Leschak
1989     Meant to be read out loud by Susan Hauser

New age, metaphysics, and spirituality
2003     Pathways to spirituality and healing : embracing life and each other in the face of a serious illness by Alexa W. Umbreit

New voice (First-time author)
2005     Flim-flam man : a true family history by Jennifer Vogel
2003     Spilling Clarence by Anne Ursu

Non-fiction/General nonfiction
2018     The first and only book of Sack : 36 years of cartoons for the Star Tribune by Steve Sack
2017     The war on science : who's waging it, why it matters, what we can do about it by Shawn Otto
2016     No house to call my home : love, family, and other transgressions by Ryan Berg
2015     Harriet Beecher Stowe : a spiritual life by Nancy Koester
2014     The Nazi and the psychiatrist : Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a fatal meeting of minds at the end of WWII by Jack El-Hai
2013     Rez life : an Indian's journey through reservation life by David Treuer
2012     Fool me twice : fighting the assault on science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto
2011     The opposite of cold : the Northwoods Finnish sauna tradition by Michael Nordskog; photography by Aaron W. Hautala
2010     I go to America : Swedish American women and the life of Mina Anderson by Joy K. Lintelman
2009     The compassionate carnivore: or, how to keep animals happy, save old MacDonald’s farm, reduce your hoofprint, and still eat meat by Catherine Friend
2008     The art of subtext : beyond plot by Charles Baxter
2007     A shameful act : the Armenian genocide and the question of Turkish responsibility by Taner Akçam
2006     Recovering the sacred : the power of naming and claiming by Winona LaDuke
2005     Walsh, David  Why do they act that way? : a survival guide to the adolescent brain for you and your teen
1999     Cold comfort : life at the top of the map by Barton Sutter; The not so big house : a blueprint for the way we really live by Sarah Susanka
1998     Cleaning up : the story behind the biggest legal bonanza of our time by David Lebedoff; North enough : AIDS and other clear-cuts by Janice Zita Grover
1997     The garden of eating : food, sex, and the hunger for meaning by Jeremy Iggers
1996     Grass roots : the universe of home by Paul Gruchow
1995     Mother journeys : feminists write about mothering, edited by Maureen T. Reddy, Martha Roth, and Amy Sheldon
1994     News from the border : a mother's memoir of her autistic son by Jane Taylor McDonnell
1993     Dragon within the gates : the once and future AIDS epidemic by Stephen C. Joseph
1992     Native roots : how the Indians enriched America by J. McIver Weatherford
1991     The passionate, accurate story : making your heart's truth into literature by Carol Bly
1989     Indian givers : how the Indians of the Americas transformed the world by J. McIver Weatherford

2003     Voices for the land : Minnesotans write about the places they love / photographs by Brian Peterson

2018     Curator of ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media by Heid E. Erdrich
2017     Unbearable splendor by Sun Yung Shin
2016     Beautiful wall : poems by Ray González
2015     Dangerous goods by Sean Hill
2014     Black aperture : poems by Matt Rasmussen
2013     Odessa : poems by Patricia Kirkpatrick
2012     Whorled by Ed Bok Lee
2011     Find the girl : poems by Lightsey Darst
2010     I wish I had a heart like yours, Walt Whitman by Jude Nutter
2009     National monuments by Heid E. Erdrich
2008     Willow room, green door : new and selected poems by Deborah Keenan
2007     The curator of silence by Jude Nutter
2006     Lightning at dinner : poems by Jim Moore
2005     Naming the stars : poems by Joyce Sutphen
2004     Coming late to Rachmaninoff : poems by Richard Terrill
2003     The hawk temple at Tierra Grande : poems by Ray González
2002     The night Abraham called to the stars by Robert Bly

2001     Turtle pictures by Ray González
2000     Tug by G. E. Patterson
1999     The green tuxedo by Janet A. Holmes
1998     Selected poems, 1965-1995 by Michael Dennis Browne
1997     War baby express by Roseann Lloyd
1996     The long experience of love by Jim Moore
1995     Nice fish : new and selected prose poems by Lois Jenkins
1994     The book of names : new and selected poems by Barton Sutter
1993     You won't remember this : poems by Michael Dennis Browne
1992     Lone Dog's winter count by Diane Glancy
1991     The color of Mesabi bones : poems and prose poems by John Caddy
1989     The freedom of history : poems by James Moore

Readers' Choice Award (selected by online voters from across the state)
2012     The Tanglewood terror by Kurtis Scaletta
2008     Farmer Cap by Jill Kalz
2007     Waking : a memoir of trauma and transcendence by Matthew Sanford