Society of Midland Authors Awards

It was my distinct pleasure to present the adult fiction winners at the Society of Midland Authors‘ awards banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel in Chicago last night. Here’s the complete list of winners and finalists.

ADULT FICTION

Twisted TreeWinner

Twisted Tree, by Kent Meyers

Finalists

Generosity: An Enhancement, by Richard Powers

Ruins, by Achy Obejas

ADULT NONFICTION

Cowboys Full, by James McManusWinner

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker, by James McManus

Finalists

Remarkable Creations: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, by Sean B. Carroll

The Rape of Mesopotamia: Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum, by Lawrence Rothfield

Blood & Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream, by Leonard Zeskind

BIOGRAPHY

The Gambler King of Clark Street, by Richard LindberghWinner

The Gambler King of Clark Street: Michael C. McDonald and the Rise of Chicago’s Democratic Machine, by Richard C. Lindberg

Finalists

A Man of Salt and Trees: The Life of Joy Morton, by James Ballowe

Orlando M. Poe: Civil War General and Great Lakes Engineer, by Paul Taylor

The Garden of Invention: Luther Burbank and the Business of Breeding Plants, by Jane S. Smith

CHILDREN’S FICTION

Shadowed Summer, by Winner

Shadowed Summer, by Saundra Mitchell

Finalist

Waiting for the Owl’s Call, by Gloria Whelan

CHILDREN’S NONFICTION

Sacred Mountain: EverestWinner

Sacred Mountain: Everest, by Christine Taylor-Butler

Finalist

The Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum, by Candace Fleming

POETRY

In Search of Small Gods, by Jim HarrisonWinner

In Search of Small Gods, by Jim Harrison

Finalist

Vengeful Hymns, by Marc J. Sheehan

JAMES FRIEND MEMORIAL AWARD FOR LITERARY AND DRAMATIC CRITICISM

Tom Williams (originator of chicagocritic.com)

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About the Author:

Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

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