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27th Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards - NEMBA
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Fair, Reception, Featured Speaker, and Awards Presentation


Thursday, May 21, 2015
Kirby Ballroom, UMD Campus


5:00 - 6:30  Book Fair / Refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 Speaker Jim Johnson/ Awards Presentation
8:00 - 9:00 Extension of the Book Fair



The 27th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA) will be presented at an evening celebration on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Kirby Ballroom on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The 27th annual NEMBAs will honor books published in 2014. The Awards were created to showcase authors and books that capture the spirit of the Northland and substantially represent northeastern Minnesota. The celebration will include Duluth's current poet laureate Jim Johnson as featured speaker, the awards presentation, and a book fair. This free community event is open to the public, with parking available in several lots and meters on campus.

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Jim Johnson

This year's speaker, Jim Johnson, is the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of Duluth, Minnesota. He has published seven books of poetry. His most recent, The First Day of Spring in Northern Minnesota, was a Minnesota Book Award Finalist and a winner in the poetry category of the 25th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards.

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

His work is often humorous. "I like using humor," Johson has said. "We need to laugh at ourselves and our lives." But he doesn't overplay the humor as he presents the serious side of poetry as well. He is an engaging speaker and a strong advocate for the area's poetry and poets.




This year's nominations were accepted in one of six categories (nominations closed on January 16, 2015):

(1) General Nonfiction: nonfiction works such as history, biography, guidebooks, cookbooks, books about science and nature, and scholarly works.

(2) Fiction: novels, short stories, plays, and other works of narrative fiction.

(3) Art, Photography: books that primarily serve to showcase (and annotate) the visual art contained in them.

(4) Children's Literature: books of any type intended for children and young adults.

(5) Poetry: collections of poetry or a single poem of book length.

(6) Memoir and Creative Nonfiction: books that examine some aspect of the world from a highly personal perspective whether in the form of a memoir, personal essay, or other work of creative nonfiction.

Reading teams will choose a winner and honorable mention in each category. If a book is nominated in more than one area, the Library NEMBA Team will determine the category for the entry.




The winning author in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning author and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque and 100 book seals.

Awards Presentation:


Winning and honored authors will be announced at a reception in the Kirby Ballroom on the UMD campus on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

NEMBA winner seal  NEMBA honorable mention seal 
NEMBA Book Seals now available!


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