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Finalist Feature: Going Coastal

Category: Communities Create

Description: Lake Superior—its people and places—feature in this ­anthology of short stories by nine writers from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Going Coastal showcases the winning short stories from Lake Superior Writers’ 2016 contest, which accepted entries from writers around Lake Superior.

The power of stories lures an aging man on a road trip back home, north on Highway 61. Through her painting of a river, an Ojibway woman teaches a historian about himself and her culture’s connections to the land and water. A woman confronts a suicidal man on Stoney Point, led by the mystical power of water to magnify her psychic abilities. Another woman finds meaning in the intricate curves and fiery bands of an agate. A shoreline boulder offers its magical views on human life. A ship captain from long-ago faces a coldwater death in Whitefish Bay. Life comes full circle in the currents of the lake for a young man from Two Harbors. A ghostly fur-trapper haunts Madeline Island. A family’s powerful saga unfolds on the shores of Lake Superior.

Organization: Lake Superior Writers is a nonprofit organization that fosters the artistic development of writers and a vibrant literary arts community in northeastern Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: The World in Our Palms

Category: Communities Create

Description: The World in Our Palms is the 40th edition of the COMPAS Anthology of Student Writing, featuring work from each Minnesota school to host a COMPAS teaching writer-in-residence during the 2018-2019 school year as part of the Creative Classroom program.

The COMPAS Anthology of Student Writing showcases writing from students across Minnesota, collecting some of the best student writing and adding to the collective voice of Minnesota students.

Organization: COMPAS strengthens communities and individuals in Minnesota by engaging them through the arts. Since its inception in 1974, COMPAS has become one of the most active community arts organizations in the nation. COMPAS works with well over 40,000 K-12 students each year and more than 70,000 total participants of all ages. Even before COMPAS was a full-fledged organization, it was sending writers into schools. Work began during the 1967-68 school year as The Art of Poetry. In time, the program became known as Writers & Artists in the Schools (WAIT S). Today the program is known as Creative Classroom. Programs occur in over 100 schools each year, providing services in a wide range of literary, visual, musical, performing and cultural arts.

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: We Survivors

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Description: After disease and nuclear warfare decimate the world population, 17-year-old Nadia is sure she’s the last person left on Earth. She buries her before-the-end memories and focuses on survival. Then one night, she hears a voice on her radio and everything changes.

Nadia finds comfort in her new-found companions, but they also discover an unsettling thread tying them together: their shared birthdays. As they begin to unravel the mysteries surrounding their survival, they soon realize it was no accident, and that they could be in far more danger than they ever imagined…

Author: L.J. Thomas is a writer of speculative fiction. A native of South Dakota, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband and beagle-mix dog Tink. She works as an engineer by day and writes by night. In her free time she enjoys the great outdoors, traveling, reading, and daydreaming about other worlds. We Survivors is her first novel.

L.J.’s Local Library: Rochester Public Library

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.