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St. Kate’s represented at 2012 Minnesota Book Awards

More than 750 people, including a St. Kate's contingent, attended the 24th Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala Celebration at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul on Saturday, April 14.

The Minnesota Book Awards are presented annually for books created by writers, illustrators or book artists who are Minnesotans. Established in 1988, the award is organized by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

Kim Heikkila, adjunct instructor in St. Kate's history department, was among the nominees this year. Her book, Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam, tells the story of 15 nurses, including Kay Wilhelmy Bauer ’59, who joined the military and campaigned for the Vietnam Women’s War memorial upon their return.

Representing St. Kate's at the sold-out event were MaryAnn Janosik, dean of the School of Professional Studies and Graduate College, and her husband, Paul Yuckman; Deb Grealy, associate dean and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program director; Heidi Hammond, assistant professor and School Library Media Specialist program coordinator; Sarah Park, MLIS assistant professor; Sheri Ross, MLIS assistant professor; Suzanne Kaback, assistant professor of education; Catherine Kelly, assistant professor of education and Christine Sacerdote, assistant professor of Montessori.

The 2012 Book Artist Award went to Cave Paper co-founders Bridget O'Malley '85 and Amanda Degener. The north Minneapolis paper mill collaborates with presses around the world to provide textured and custom paper for a variety of printing projects. The duo's creativity and ground-breaking work has led to invitations to teach and lecture in countries such as Japan, Sweden, Australia, China and Italy.

"We're the luckiest girls in town," says O'Malley, who majored in art at St. Kate's, when receiving the award. "We get to do what we love every day."

A sampling of Cave Paper's work is on display at the Saint Paul Central Library through May 13.

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April 18, 2012 by Pauline Oo

See also: Alumnae/i, Arts, Education, Faculty