Society of Midland Authors 2018 Award Winners and Finalists

Society of midland authorsMarking the triumphs of Midwestern authors published in 2017, the Society of Midland Authors announced the winners of its annual award today. The ceremony will be held in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, May 8th, to commemorate the winners and their works from the last year. The winning and honored titles, linked to their Booklist reviews when possible, are as follows. For more information on the event and the winners, take a look here.


Adult FictionOnce, in lourdes


Once, in Lourdes, by Sharon Solwitz


The Graybar Hotel, by Curtis Dawkins

What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, by Lesley Nneka Arimah

Don Quixotic, by Ben Greenman


OdysseyAdult Nonfiction


The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War, by Doug Stanton


The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids—and the Kids We Have, by Bonnie Rochman

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine, by Lindsey Fitzharris

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse, by Rich Cohen


Biography & Memoir


Ali: A Life, by Jonathan Eig


Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists, by Donna Seaman

Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of the Civil War and Reconstruction, by A. James Fuller

Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy, by David A. Nichols


I'm not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterChildren’s Fiction


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez


Creepy Pair of Underwear, by Aaron Reynolds

The Harlem Charade, by Natasha Tarpley

When My Sister Started Kissing, by Helen Frost



Children’s Nonfiction


Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d, by Mary Losure


Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz, by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan




Silencer, by Marcus Wicker


Rowing Inland, by Jim Daniels

Let’s All Die Happy, by Erin Adair-Hodges




James Friend Memorial Award for Literary and Dramatic Criticism

Adam Morgan, editor-in-chief of the Chicago Review of Books, contributing writer at Chicago Magazine, and a book critic for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.



About the Author:

is currently a publishing intern for Booklist. After graduating from the University of Iowa Undergrad Writers' Program, she was an editorial apprentice at The Onion and began writing book reviews for The A.V Club. Elena reports on comedy for Chicago Mag and continues to appreciate what dogs and good movie theater seats can do for this world.

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