Area writers/illustrators win book awards

A couple of familiar names from the North Shore are winners in the 26th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards for works published in 2013. The awards were announced last night.

In the General Nonfiction category the winner was “The Pie Place Café Cookbook: Food & Stories Seasoned by the North Shore,” by Kathy Rice. In addition to recipes, the book also includes stories of reveal what makes our region so exceptional.

In Children’s Literature “The Best Part of a Sauna,” written by Sheryl Peterson, and illustrated by Kelly Dupre took home first place. Set in the woods of Northeastern Minnesota, it’s an family story introducing a younger generation to an important Finnish tradition.