Great Books Abound in the Midwest

Is it self-centered when I get excited when I see an announcement for the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards?  It isn’t that I don’t love books set all over the world, but it is really nice to see things written by Midwestern authors and in Midwestern settings.  It is especially fabulous when you adore one of the books.

The 2011 winners of the Awards are:

  • Adult Fiction: Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr (Akashic Books)
  • Adult Nonfiction: The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure (Riverhead/Penguin Group)
  • Poetry: Swallowing the Soap by William Kloeforn (Bison Books/University of Nebraska Press)
  • Children’s Literature: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press/Random House)
  • Children’s Picture Book: Elsie’s Bird by Jane Yolen and David Small (Philomel/Penguin)

I love, love, love Elsie’s Bird; you can see my review here.  It is one of those books that I just want to clutch to my chest and go find a child to share in the reading experience.  And I just picked up the audio book for The Wilder Life  which I will start as soon as I finish The Help.  

If you are a Midwestern author and you haven’t read at least one of these books, get crackin’!   No excuses will be accepted.


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