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Alumni Win MN Book Awards

The 2017 Minnesota Book Awards were presented on Saturday, April 8, at the 29th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Ceremony, and the winners include three Hamline alumni. Read the full announcement here

Congratulations to JJ Austrian (MFAC '12) and Brian Farrey (MFA '09), and Hamline School of Law graduate Allen Eskens '91. Read more about these alumni and their books below. 

Children’s Lit 

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian (MFAC ’12)
Illustrated by Mike Curato
Published by Balzer + Bray

When a worm meets a special worm and they fall in love, you know what happens next. They get married! But their friends want to know--who will wear the dress? And who will wear the tux? The answer is: it doesn’t matter. Because worm loves worm. 

This irresistible picture book is a celebration of love in all its splendid forms. J.J. Austrian is a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program in creative writing for children and young adults. This is his first picture book. 

Middle Grade Lit 

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (MFA ’09)
Published by Algonquin Young Readers/Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 

In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a desolate bog the people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it except an ominous warning: If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. 12-year-old Princess Jeniah yearns to know what the marsh could conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign. 

In this thrilling modern fairytale, Farrey has created an exciting new world where friendship is more powerful than fate and the most important thing is to question everything. Hamline MFA graduate Brian Farrey is the author of the Vengekeep Prophecies series and the Stonewall Honor Book and Minnesota Book Award-winner, With or Without You.

Allen Eskens, a '91 graduate from Hamline School of Law and criminal defense attorney, won in genre fiction for The Heavens May Fall. In this new work, Eskens revisits characters from his previous book The Life We Bury, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. He is also the author of The Guise of Another.  

Additional Congratulations go out to the two adjunct faculty members who won awards:


Sun Yung Shin for Unbearable Splendor
Published by Coffee House Press 


Peter Geye for Wintering
Published by Alfred A. Knopf

For more, read the Star Tribune's coverage here