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27th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

The 27th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at an evening celebration on Thursday, May 21, in the Kirby Ballroom at UMD, with Duluth Poet Laureate Jim Johnson as guest speaker.

This display contains the NEMBA award entries, all published in 2014. Thirty-nine titles have been nominated, vying for prizes in six categories. The winning author in each category will receive a cash prize of $200.

Poet Barton Sutter will emcee the program, and guests will be treated to pie from the Rustic Inn and harp music by Georganne Hunter during the book fair and reception.

Jim Johnson, the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Duluth, will deliver the NEMBA address. He has published seven books of poetry. His most recent collection, The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, was a Minnesota Book Award Finalist and winner in the poetry category of the 25th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.

Much of Johnson's poetry focuses on the lives of northern Minnesota's Finnish settlers, translating the experiences of these immigrants into universal themes of hard work, nature, and families.

UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library, Friends of the Duluth Public Library, and Lake Superior Writers are collaborating to present the 27th annual NEMBAs. 

The awards program and book fair are free and open to the public, with parking available in lots and at meters on campus.

First Floor Interior Displays

One Book, One Community Read: The Dance Boots

Kathryn A. Martin Library participated in the One Book, One Community Project by hosting a presentation called “Inspiration for The Dance Boots” by UMD Associate Professor Linda LeGarde Grover. The event took place on April 21 at 6:30 pm in the Library rotunda.

Grover shared the inspiration for the stories, characters, and settings of The Dance Boots. Drawing from her life as a teacher, parent, child, and learner, Linda will reveal the photos, letters, and historical objects that kindled and inspired an amazing story. Using digital storytelling tools, Linda discussed her character’s journey and showed how history can inspire new stories.

This display contains library titles about Native American storytelling, but it also showcases materials about Indian boarding schools, federal Indian policies over the past century, and the survival and revitalization of family, community, and tribal culture.

Holocaust Commemoration Events

This display contains a sampling of books and other library materials about the history and effects of the Holocaust.

April's annual Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration activities featured "A Survivor Remembers," a talk by Professor Emeritus Fred Amram, of the UMTC Department of Communications. He spoke on Thursday, April 16, 7 pm, in Bohannon Hall 90, about his experiences as a child survivor of life under the Nazi regime.

Find more information about Holocaust Commemoration events on the Baeumler Kaplan Commemoration Committee Facebook page.


An exhibit featuring the Michael S. Berman Political Collection is in the table-case in the Kathryn A. Martin Library lobby.

Content includes a selection of interesting items related to the White House, President, and Department of State from the Michael S. Berman Political Collection, part of Martin Library's Archives and Special Collections.

Ephemera are usually printed documents, created for a specific, limited purpose, and generally designed to be discarded after use. Most of us tend to save a few things as mementos. So it was with UMD alumnus (class of 1961) Mike Berman, a longtime Democrat who held a number of roles in presidential politics after he completed law school. 

Fourth Floor Display

Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Collection

UMD's Kathryn A. Martin Library Special Collections department invites you to view an exhibit from the Ramseyer Northern Bible Society Collection.

The Qur'an: Three Volumes from the Ramseyer Collection

This exhibit showcases three Qur'an volumes as a follow-up to last year's five-part "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys" reading and discussion series sponsored by the Library. UMD Professor Nik Hassan led some of the programs, and he generously supplied a personal statement about the Qur'an and its centrality to his way of life for this exhibit.

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