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Forum staff reports, Published April 07 2014

Hoffert, Vinz honored with Minnesota Book Awards

ST PAUL – Two books with local ties took home top honors Saturday at the 26th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala in St. Paul.

Wyndmere, N.D., native and Concordia College graduate Melanie Hoffert’s tale of growing up on a farm and coming to terms with her sexuality, “Prairie Silence,” won for Memoir & Creative Nonfiction.

“Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison,” the book that accompanied the Plains Art Museum’s exhibit of the late Ojibwa artist won for best book of nonfiction with a topic of Minnesota history and culture.

Moorhead poet and publisher Mark Vinz was also honored at the event with the Kay Sexton Award, for furthering literary efforts in Minnesota.

Here are the rest of the winners:

• Children’s literature

David LaRochelle/Mike Wohnoutka’s “Moo!”

• General nonfiction

Jack El-Hai’s “The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII”

• Genre fiction

William Kent Krueger’s “Tamarack County”

• Novel/short story

Ethan Rutherford’s “The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories”

• Poetry

Matt Rasmussen’s “Black Aperture”

• Young people’s literature

Carrie Mesrobian’s “Sex & Violence”

The Pioneer Press contributed to this report