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Local man up for MN Book Award

Cary Griffith's first novel Wolves is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.

Four books were selected as finalists from 33 entrants in the Minnesota Book Awards Genre Fiction category. One of those books was written by Rosemount resident Cary Griffith.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library announced the finalists in the eight categories of the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards in late January. The Genre Fiction category finalists include Griffith’s first novel, Wolves. The other finalists are The Book of Killown by Erin Hart; The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman; and Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger.

The other three finalists have all won the category before, so Griffith said he feels quiet honored to have been selected among them.

“I can’t tell you how tickled I was,” said Griffith.

This is Griffith’s first work of fiction. The thriller features Sam Rivers, a wildlife biologist and special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Rivers has an expertise in understanding predators and uses the knowledge to help solve a well-crafted murder.

Griffith has written several non-fiction works including Lost in the Wild and Opening Goliath. Griffith won a Minnesota Book Award for Opening Goliath in 2010.

Award winners will be announced during the Minnesota Book Awards Gala on April 5.

About the author

Every morning Griffith wakes before dawn to write. It’s been his habit for years. It’s just the way he likes to start the day. Griffith said he has written an hour or two a day since his sophomore year in college.

A love for the outdoors and nature has richly influenced Griffith’s writing. His first two book, which were both non-fiction, concentrated on outdoors.

That interest also helped him create his lead character, Sam Rivers, in Wolves. Griffith said he has already started working on a second Sam Rivers novel.

Outside of his writing, Griffith is a marketing manager. He lives in Rosemount with his wife and children

Griffith will sign books from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22 at the Apple Valley Barnes and Noble.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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