FINALISTS OF THE 28TH ANNUAL
MIDWEST BOOK AWARDS ANNOUNCED

SAINT PAUL, MN, April 6, 2018: The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) has announced the finalists for the 28th Annual Midwest Book Awards. The awards recognize quality in independent publishing in the Midwest. This year’s awards attracted 206 titles, entered in 31 categories. All books were copyrighted in 2017 and entered by publishers from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin). Winners will be announced on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at the Midwest Book Awards Gala in Saint Paul. Congratulations to the following finalists!

Arts/Photography/Coffee Table Books 
Amazing MN by Lee Lynch (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
Music At NDSU by Robert Groves (North Dakota State University Press, Fargo, ND)
Paul Goble, Storyteller by Gregory Bryan (South Dakota Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD)

Autobiography/Memoir 
The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves & Other Stories by Matt Geiger (HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc, Mount Horeb, WI)
The Open Road: Autobiography of George A. Hormel by Thomas D. Hormel and James C. Hormel (Hormel Historic Home, Austin, MN)
Still Life with Horses by Jean Harper (Howling Bird Press, Minneapolis, MN)

Biography
Paul Goble, Storyteller by Gregory Bryan (South Dakota Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD)
Taking Sides With the Sun by Dale Schwie (Nodin Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Merchant John Askin: Furs and Empire at British Michilimackinac by Justin M. Carroll (Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI)

Children’s Picture Books
A Different Pond by Bao Phi (Capstone Young Readers/ Capstone, North Mankato, MN)
Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack by Alan & Kamie Page (Page Education Foundation (PEF), Minneapolis, MN)
Kimmy’s Marvelous Wind-Catching Wonder by Linda Glaser (Redleaf Press, St Paul, MN)
The Memory Box: A Book About Grief by Joanna Rowland (Sparkhouse Family, Minneapolis, MN)

Children’s Fiction
Marie-Andree At Ten/Marie-Andree a Dix Ans by Anne Gillespie Lewis with Marie-Andree Sadrant (Two Mermaids Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Collapsing Kingdom by Benjamin Ellefson (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
To the Copper Country: Mihaela’s Journey by Barbara Carney-Coston (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)

Children’s Non-Fiction
Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust by Michelle Bisson (Capstone Press/Capstone, North Mankato, MN)
N is for Never Forget: POW-MIA * A to Z by Nancy Polette (Elva Resa Publishing, St Paul, MN)
Pickles + Ocho by Dan Wellik (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

Young Adult Fiction
Murder Book by Frank F. Weber (North Star Press of St Cloud, Clearwater, MN)
Slider’s Son by Rebecca Fjelland Davis (North Star Press of St Cloud, Clearwater, MN)
Waking in Time by Angie Stanton (Switch Press/Capstone, North Mankato, MN)

Young Adult Non-Fiction
Glorious Fourth of July and Other Stories from the Plains by Catherine Rademacher Gibson and Mary Gibson Sprague (South Dakota Historical Society Press, Pierre, SD)
Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul High School by Green Card Youth Voices (Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Minneapolis, MN)
Project You: More Than 50 Ways to Calm Down, De-Stress, and Feel Great by Aubre Andrus (Switch Press/Capstone, North Mankato, MN)

Cookbooks/Crafts/Hobbies
Brewed in Michigan: A New Golden Age of Brewing in the Great Beer State by William Rapai (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)
Craft Coffee: A Manual: Brewing a Better Cup at Home by Jessica Easto with Andreas Willhoff (Agate Surrey, Evanston, IL)
The Asheville Bee Charmer Cookbook: Sweet and Savory Recipes Inspired by 28 Honey Varietals and Blends by Carrie Schloss (Agate Surrey, Evanston, IL)

Education/Learning
Cancer: What You Need to Know by Stephen A. Rosenberg, MD (Stephen A. Rosenberg, MD, LLC, Madison, WI)
Robotics for Young Children: STEM Activities and Simple Coding by Ann Gadzikowski (Redleaf Press, St Paul, MN)
Saving Play: Addressing Standards Through Play-Based Learning in Preschool and Kindergarten by Gaye Gronlund and Thomas Rendon (Redleaf Press, St Paul, MN)

Family/Parenting
Earn It!  What To Do When Your Kid Needs an Entitlement Intervention by Michael G. Wetter and Eileen Bailey (Hazelden Publishing, Center City, MN)
Sober Dad: The Manual for Perfectly Imperfect Parenting by Michael Graubart (Hazelden Publishing, Center City, MN)
Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children by Sandra Swenson (Hazelden Publishing, Center City, MN)

Fiction – Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal
In the Blood: Book One of the Blood Royal Saga by Delia Remington (Eagle Heights Press, Fayette, MO)
The Collapsing Kingdom by Benjamin Ellefson (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The 53rd Card by Virginia Weiss (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

Fiction – Literary/Contemporary/Historical
Stories for a Lost Child by Carter Meland (Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI)
The Hemingway Files by H.K. Bush (Blank Slate Press, imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group, St Louis, MO)
This Could Have Been A Simple Story by Ajla Terzic, Translated by John K. Cox (North Dakota State University Press, Fargo, ND)
Tom O’Vietnam by Baron Wormser (New Rivers Press, Moorhead, MN)

Fiction – Mystery/Thriller
The Bricklayer of Albany Park by Terry John Malik (Blank Slate Press. imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group, St Louis, MO)
Judge’s Choice by Phil Rustad (Fast Dog Press, Plymouth, MN)
Murder Book by Frank F. Weber (North Star Press of St Cloud, Clearwater, MN)

Fiction – Romance
Murder Book by Frank F. Weber (North Star Press of St Cloud, Clearwater, MN)
New Penny by C.E. Sawyer (Satin Romance, imprint of Melange Books, White Bear, MN)
The Curse of the Braddock Brides by Erica Obey (Walrus Publishing, imprint of Amphorae Publishing Group, St Louis, MO)

Fiction – Short Story/Anthology  
The Goat Fish and the Lover’s Knot by Jack Driscoll (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)
These Are Our Demands by Matthew Pitt (Ferry Street Books, Engine Books Imprint, Indianapolis, IN)
The Spoils by Casey Pycior (Switchgrass Books, imprint of Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, IL)
The Things We Do That Make No Sense by Adam Schuitema (Switchgrass Books, imprint of Northern Illinois University Press, DeKalb, IL)

Health
Be Your Self and Be Well by Steven Hiebert (Wise Ink Publishing, Plymouth, MN)
Cancer: What You Need to Know by Stephen A. Rosenberg, MD (Stephen A. Rosenberg, MD, LLC, Madison, WI)
Sober Dad: The Manual for Perfectly Imperfect Parenting by Michael Graubart (Hazelden Publishing, Center City, MN)

History
Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies by Joel Stone (Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI)
From Warm Center to Ragged Edge by Jon K. Lauck (University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA)
Sailing Into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century & the Crews Who Sailed Them by Frank Boles (Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI)

Humor
Down at the Dock: More Stories of the Good Life in the Northwoods by Mike Lein (Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Menahga, MN)
Sparkle On: Women Aging in Gratitude by Kim Kane (Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Plymouth, MN)
The Geiger Counter: Raised by Wolves & Other Stories by Matt Geiger (HenschelHAUS Publishing, Inc, Mount Horeb, WI)

Inspiration
Be Your Self and Be Well by Steven Hiebert (Wise Ink Publishing, Plymouth, MN)
Sparkle On: Women Aging in Gratitude by Kim Kane (Wise Ink Creative Publishing, Plymouth, MN)
Zen Rising: 366 Sage Stories to Enkindle Your Days by Tamarack Song (Snow Wolf Publishing, Three Lakes, WI)

Nature
A Year in the Wilderness by Amy and Dave Freeman (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN)
Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide by Heather Holm (Pollination Press, LLC, Minnetonka, MN)
Indian Mounds of Wisconsin by Robert A. Birmingham and Amy L. Rosebrough (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI)
The Driftless Reader by Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI)

Poetry
A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from a Marriage by James P. Lenfestey (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN)
A People’s History of Chicago by Kevin Coval (Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL)
Crossing the Waters by Norita Dittberner-Jax (Nodin Press, Minneapolis, MN)
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing (Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL)
Still Living in Town by Kevin FitzPatrick (Midwest Villages & Voices, St Paul, MN)

Recreation/Sports/Travel
Air Be & Me by Trudy Ohnsorg (Bohemian Treehouse Press, St Paul, MN)
A History of Badger Baseball: The Rise and Fall of America’s Pastime at the University of Wisconsin by Steven D. Schmitt (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI)
Home Ice: Confessions of a Blackhawks Fan by Kevin Cunningham (University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, IA)

Religion/Philosophy/Spirituality
Endure: The Power of Spiritual Assets for Resilience to Trauma & Stress by Daniel D. Maurer (Mount Curve Press, St Paul, MN)
On the Third Day: An Afterlife Journey by Brenda Hasse (Brenda Hasse Books, Fenton, MI)
Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature by Michael Oren Fitzgerald & Joseph A. Fitzgerald (World Wisdom, Bloomington, IN)

Social Science/Political Science/Culture
Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota by William C. Sherman (North Dakota State University Press, Fargo, ND)
The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota by K. Amy Phillips & Steven R. Bolduc (North Dakota State University Press, Fargo, ND)
Why Bad Governments Happen to Good People by Danny Katch (Haymarket Books, Chicago, IL)

Illustration – Graphic
Kimmy’s Marvelous Wind-Catching Wonder by Linda Glaser, Illustrated by Rachael Balsaitis (Redleaf Press, St Paul, MN)
Nobody Likes a Booger by Angela Halgrimson, Illustrated by Brian Barber (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Story of Gajendra, Elephant-King by Anna Milagrits, Illustrated by Antonia Hordovska (Samhita Press, Sterling Heights, MI)

Interior Design
Nature at Our Doorstep by Matt Schuth, Design by John Toren (Nodin Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Music of the Soul Lives On by Henry Mackaman; Created by Hanna Kjeldjerg, Design Concept by Shannon Fletcher, Illustrations by Margaret Palmquist and Design by Dan Pitts (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Rock Maiden: A Chinese Tale of Love and Loyalty by Natasha Yim, Illustrated by Pirkko Vainio (Wisdom Tales, Bloomington, IN)

Cover Design
Amazing MN by Lee Lynch, Cover Design by James Keuning (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
Monsters in the Hallway by Capt. Jim Kosmo, Cover Design by Jane Gardner (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Ploy by Marilyn Jax, Design by James Monroe Design, LLC (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)

Total Book Design
Amazing MN by Lee Lynch, Design by Michael Skjei (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka by Karen Melvin and Melinda Nelson, Design by Zoe Marin (Big Picture Press, Plymouth, MN)
Nobody Likes a Booger by Angela Halgrimson, Design by Brian Barber (Beaver’s Pond Press, Minneapolis, MN)
The Prairie Post Office: Enlarging the Common Life in Rural North Dakota by K. Amy Phillips & Steven R. Bolduc, Design by Deb Tanner (North Dakota State University Press, Fargo, ND)

Animals/Pets  
Beyond Amuck: More Hobby Farm Adventures by Sue Stein (Dragonstone Press, Rosemount, MN)
Pet Parent Pawffirmations by Donna Chicone (Dancing Paws Press, Woodbury, MN)