TWELVE OWLS wins honorable mention for general nonfiction

The Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards has recognized TWELVE OWLS by Laura Erickson and Betsy Bowen.

May 17, 2012

Erickson_Twelve coverFrom the NEMBA:

Well known ornithologist Laura Erickson writes of her own experiences watching owls over the years.  In these stories, readers gain access to a rich understanding of the lives, habitat, and behavior of the twelve owls that can be found in Minnesota.  Erickson’s writing is accurate, informed by many years of direct observation, and approachable in the manner of her radio show “For the Birds”.

Each owl is depicted by a painting, bold and graphic in style, by Grand Marais, Minnesota artist Betsy Bowen, whose woodcuts prints have richly illustrated many Northwoods-themed books over the years. The paintings are not your standard wildlife identification illustrations.  Expressive and fun to look at, they more than adequately identify the gestures and physical characteristics unique to each owl.

See the full list of winners here.




The owls of Minnesota have found the perfect spokeswoman in this book, which is as charming as it is informative. Written with wit and a remarkable command of bird lore by Laura Erickson, well known to public radio listeners and birdwatchers everywhere, Twelve Owls also features enchanting pictures, from the long view to up-close detail, by award-winning artist Betsy Bowen.