Prof earns book award
Monday, April 18, 2011
Mary Wingerd's revisionist take on early Minnesota history has earned a Minnesota Book Award.
The associate professor of history is the author of “North Country: The Making of Minnesota,” a book that describes nearly two centuries of cooperation, accommodation and peace among disparate peoples.
Her award for best nonfiction book about Minnesota was one of eight announced April 16 in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Book Awards are presented annually by the Friends of the St. Paul Library.
Any book written by a Minnesotan and published in 2010 was eligible. A panel of judges selected the winners from among 32 finalists. There were 293 books nominated.
Wingerd's book is published by the University of Minnesota Press. Read an Outlook magazine feature about "North Country."
Among her previous works is a historical book called "Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul," published in 2003 by a division of the Cornell University Press.
The other award winners were:
"My Heart Is Like a Zoo," by Michael Hall, is the author's first picture book for children, featuring a bright collection of animals created out of heart shapes (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins).
Young people's literature
Nearly 2,000 voters across the state helped select the Reader's Choice Award, which went to Laurie Hertzel, books editor at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," is a memoir about becoming a print journalist in the 1970s in Duluth (published by University of Minnesota Press).