Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Author

Marlon James

Minnesota is blessed with a load of fine authors, but none orbit quite so high as Marlon James. The Macalester professor is among the biggest names in literature these days. His 700-page epic, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the prestigious Man Booker Prize. And his latest novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf—the first installment in a trilogy he calls an “African Game of Thrones”—has been celebrated everywhere, including the New Yorker and the cover of the New York Times Book Review. Though locally James faces heated competition from the likes of Louise Erdrich and Julie Schumacher, no one’s quite lighting up the literary world like Minnesota’s maestro of the epic.

Best Theater Troupe Theatre Coup d'Etat

Best Play Guthrie's West Side Story

Best Director Wendy Knox

Best Actor C. Michael Menge

Best Theater Mixed Blood Theatre

Best Dance Company TU Dance Company

Best Choreographer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel

Best Dance Performance ICON SAM: Temple Dances

Best Movie Theater Lagoon Cinema

Best Standup Comic Rana May

Best Open Mic (Comedy) Red Menace at Erik the Red

Best Comedy Club Acme Comedy Co.

Best Comedy Podcast I Love You, Mana

Best Museum Minnesota History Center

Best Museum Exhibition Siah Armajani: Follow This Line

Best Permanent Collection Piece The Bell Museum's Woolly Mammoth

Best Gallery Exhibition Kinngait Studios: Printmaking in the Arctic Circle

Best Art Gallery Modus Locus

Best Public Art American Indian Center

Best Place to Buy Art Supplies Wet Paint

Best Art Event MayDay Parade and Festival

Best Bookstore (New) Birchbark Books and Native Arts

Best Bookstore (Used) Cream & Amber

Best Book (Fiction) 'Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories' by Kelly Barnhill

Best Book (Nonfiction) 'The Infamous Harry Hayward' by Shawn Francis Peters

Best Fashion Event Minneapolis Vintage Market

Best Fashion Designer Hackwith Design House