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Faculty Members Win Minnesota Book Awards
Gwen Westerman and Geoff Herbach honored.
Edie Schmierbach, Mankato Free Press, 4-16-2013
Authors who live in Mankato and North Mankato are recipients of 2013 Minnesota Book Awards.
Gwen Westerman’s collection of oral histories and archival works examining the history of the Dakota people and their connection to their traditional homeland, was named the Award for Minnesota winner during the 25th annual Minnesota Book Awards Saturday in St. Paul.
Westerman, a professor of English and humanities at Minnesota State University who lives in Mankato, co- authored “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota” with Bruce White. Their book was published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
The Minnesota Award is sponsored by Meyer, Sherer and Rockcastle.
Geoff Herbach’s book, “Nothing Special,” received the Young People’s Literature award. He teaches creative writing at MSU and lives in North Mankato.
A total of 256 books received nominations for the Minnesota Book Awards, a project of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library in consortium with the library and the city of St. Paul.
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