Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Book (Nonfiction)

'Magical Realism for Non-Believers' by Anika Fajardo

Father-daughter relationships can be notoriously complicated, but Anika Fajardo’s story is one for the books—literally. In her debut memoir, Magical Realism for Non-Believers, she retraces her roots to Colombia, the country where she was born but left as a young girl when the marriage of her Minnesotan mother and Colombian father imploded. In 1995, at age 21, Fajardo returned to her birthplace to reunite with her father, Renzo, who has since remarried. What she discovers is not an instant kinship but a literary treasure trove of family secrets and a surprise revelation that redefines her conceptualization of family. Throughout the book, Fajardo loosely connects her narrative to Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, though her story solidly stands on its own. In lyrical writing with vivid sensory details, Fajardo deftly explores how generations and geography influence one another.

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Ax-Man Surplus

Best Movie Theater The Heights Theater

Best Pro Wrestler Devon Monroe

Best Fashion Designer Ramadhan Mohamed

Best Fashion Event A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

Best Museum Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Museum Exhibition Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Best Art Gallery Law Warschaw Gallery

Best Gallery Exhibition Sanlé Sory: Volta Photo

Best Public Art Zaníyan Yuthókca: Brave Change

Best Comedy Club Sisyphus Brewing

Best Standup Comedian Miss Shannan Paul

Best Local Comedy Podcast Middle of Somewhere

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Uproar at Du Nord Craft Spirits

Best Kid-Friendly Activity Science Museum of Minnesota

Best Dance Company Ragamala Dance Company

Best Choreographer Rosy Simas

Best Dance Performance Water Will (in Melody)

Best Arts Event Out There Festival

Best Theater Park Square Theatre

Best Theater Troupe Haunted Basement

Best Play 'Macbeth,' Wayward Theatre Company

Best Actor China Brickey

Best Director Lauren Keating

Best Design in a Theatrical Production 'Chicago,' Theater Latté Da

Best Bookstore (New) Subtext Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Eat My Words

Best Poetry Collection 'Homie,' by Danez Smith

Best Book (Fiction) 'The Shallows' by Matt Goldman

Best Author Peggy Orenstein