As a judge, I received tickets, and I was able to attend. The awards ceremony is like the Oscars, but for writers and books, which to me seems like more fun! The 2016 winners are listed below.
Red; A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall.
No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions by Ryan Berg.
The Grave Soul by Ellen Hart
Memoir and Creative Nonfiction
Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life by Karen Sabine
Minnesota Modern: Architecture and Life at Midcentury by Larry Millett
Novel and Short Story
There's Something I Want You to Do by Charles Baxter
Beautiful Wall by Ray Gonzalez
Young People's Literature
See No Color by Shannon Gibney
Ellen Hart won her fourth Minnesota Book Award this year. Ray Gonzalez won his third, and Charles Baxter and Michael Hall both won their second awards.
All of the above titles can be obtained through the Northfield Public Library.