Readers can pick their favorites for Minnesota Book Awardsby Chris Roberts, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Book Awards is inviting readers to vote for their favorite Minnesota book of 2006. Beginning Thursday, readers may endorse one of 28 books that are up for awards in seven categories.
The book with the most votes wins the Readers' Choice Award, which will be presented at the annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on May 5 in St. Paul.
Awards Co-Chair Stu Wilson says the Readers' Choice Award was added this year to generate more interest in Minnesota literature.
"We're hoping to get people actively involved across the state in looking at these great books and thought it would be a great way to kind of go with 'Peoples Choice' 'American Idol', have people look at the books and vote for their favorite."
Wilson says over the next six weeks, people will be able to choose from 28 finalists on subjects ranging from cake baking to the Armenian genocide.
"It's a pretty daunting list of 28. I don't know if anyone can get through all 28 in the six weeks that the voting is open, but I think if they can engage some of them and really find spectacular works that are really their favorites, we'd really like them to take a minute and vote for them," says Wilson.
Wilson says libraries and booksellers statewide will be promoting the Readers' Choice Award.
A list of Minnesota Book Award finalists and instructions on how to vote are available at www.twincities.com.