Kornblum only recently stepped down from his leadership position at the press, which is one of the most successful independent literary presses in the country. He is still on staff in the position of senior editor.
Kornblum will be presented with the Kay Sexton Award, named after a book buyer who worked for many years at Dayton’s and B. Dalton Bookstores in the Twin Cities. Previous recipients include Emilie Buchwald, the founder of Milkweed Editions, and former Governor Elmer L. Andersen.
In a release from the Minnesota Book Awards, colleague Fiona McCrae, Director and Publisher of Graywolf Press, said “Allan has come to represent, both to those within publishing and those outside it, the spirit of independence and the single-minded pursuit of artistic integrity.”
Anyone who has spent any amount of time with Kornblum knows him to be a consummate lover of every aspect of books, from the paper they’re printed on to the writers who create them. It’s a devotion that has served both his press and the literary community well