Congrats are in order for Aaron Brown, author of Overburden, for winning the award in the Memoir and Creative Nonfiction category at the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards (NEMBA). If you haven't heard about Aaron, you will. He is a talented young writer and his book is really worth the read. While I was not exactly expecting to win an award for pre-published newspaper columns, I think it's great to be overshadowed by this young talent!
If you weren't among the book lovers of our area attending the NEMBA event today, you missed a fun afternoon. It turns out we live in a rather literary neck of the woods and it was encouraging to see that interest and many talented writers represented at the event. The keynote speaker, Annette Atkins, Minnesota author and historian, was wonderful. As someone who is a history buff, I was taken by her command of history and understanding of the story in the people who make our history. Very good speaker.
Above are a couple of pics of all the nominees. That's me near the front. Sometimes it pays to be a bit taller–at least it did in this case.