For the first time, two Minnesota writers won National Book Awards on Wednesday, Startribune reports.
Louise Erdrich won her first National Book Award for her book, "The Round House" and William Alexander won for "Goblin Secrets," his debut fantasy novel.
Erdrich currently lives in Minneapolis and owns Birchbark Books. "The Round House" is her 14th novel and second in a planned trilogy to take place on a Native American Reservation.
Alexander also lives in Minneapolis and teaches at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He first began writing in March of last year and said he was shocked to even be a finalist for the award.
Winning the award includes a prize of $10,000 and a bronze statue.