Society of Midland Authors 2016 Award Winners and Finalists

Society of Midland AuthorsThe Society of Midland Authors has announced the winners and finalists for their 2016 awards, honoring books by Midwest authors published in 2015. Titles are linked to Booklist reviews when available. Founded in 1915, the Society has given the annual awards since 1957; this year’s banquet is Tuesday, May 10, at the swanky Cliff Dwellers Club in Chicago. Rex Huppke, columnist for the Chicago Tribune, will be the master of ceremonies. Tickets are $75. To reserve, visit www.midlandauthors.com.

 


ADULT FICTION

Marvel and a Wonder by Joe MenoWinner

Marvel and a Wonder, by Joe Meno

Finalists

Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, by Bonnie Jo Campbell

Music for Wartime, by Rebecca Makkai

 


ADULT NONFICTION

Galileo’s Middle Finger Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice by Alice DregerWinner

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science, by Alice Dreger

Finalists

The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back, by Clark Elliott

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer

Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients, by Jeremy Smith

 


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

John Bartlow Martin A Voice for the Underdog by Ray E BoomhowerWinner

John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog, by Ray E. Boomhower

Finalists

Escape Points: A Memoir, by Michele Weldon

Nobody Grew but the Business: On the Life and Work of William Gaddis, by Joseph Tabbi

 


CHILDREN’S FICTION

Great Ball of Light by Evan KuhlmanWinner

Great Ball of Light, by Evan Kuhlman

Finalists

Alphabet School, by Stephen T. Johnson

Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Two, by Kate DiCamillo

Stranded, by Melinda Braun

 


CHILDREN’S NONFICTION

Stonewall Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann BausumWinner

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, by Ann Bausum

Finalists

The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford, by Suzanne Slade

Like Finding My Twin, by Fern Schumer Chapman

 


POETRY

Karankawa by Iliana RochaWinner

Karankawa, by Iliana Rocha

Finalists

Skin Music, by Dennis Hinrichsen

Errata, by Lisa Fay Coutley

 
 
 
 

JAMES FRIEND MEMORIAL AWARD FOR LITERARY AND DRAMATIC CRITICISM

Kelli Christiansen, founder and editor of Chicago Book Review

 

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER

Robert Remer

 

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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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