Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 21, 2015

Book Awards


This cute Spring Illustration was sent in from Lauren Gallegos. It is an illustration from a new series of illustrations with the theme of April Showers. Lauren was featured on Illustrator Saturday in November of 2012 and here is the link to her website:

If those April showers are keeping you under wraps, grab a cup of hot chocolate and take a peek at the L.A. Times and Minnesota Book Awards

Winners of the LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZES, which were announced Saturday at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, are:

Biography: Napoleon: A Life by Andrew Roberts (Viking)

Current interest: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs (Scribner)

Fiction: The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (Simon & Schuster)

First fiction: Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli (Coffee House Press)

Graphic novel: The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)

History: The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931 by Adam Tooze (Viking)

Mystery/thriller: Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman (Norton)

Poetry: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf Press)

Science and technology: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Holt)

Young adult literature: The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming (Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s)

Lifetime achievement: T.C. Boyle

Innovator’s award: LeVar Burton

Winners were honored Saturday for the MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS, a project of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul. This year’s recipients are:

Children’s literature: Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)

General nonfiction: Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life by Nancy Koester (Wm. B. Eerdmans)

Genre fiction: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen (Bethany House)

Memoir/creative nonfiction: Tailings: A Memoir by Kaethe Schwehn (Cascade Books)

Minnesota: Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant (Minnesota Historical Society Press)

Novel and short story: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Riverhead Books)

Poetry: Dangerous Goods by Sean Hill (Milkweed)

Young people’s literature: West of the Moon by Margi Preus (Amulet Books)

Kay Sexton Award: Mary François Rockcastle

Book Artist Award: Harriet Bart, in collaboration with Philip Gallo and Jill Jevne

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for the great art and books Lauren and Kathy! I recognize a couple here. I’ve had Joyce Sidman’s “Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold” out from my library for so long I think I’m going to have to buy it! And I didn’t quite make it through “The Sixth Extinction” because my renewals were up…


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