The Latest News From MIPA

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2019 Midwest Book Awards Gala

      Publishers based in the Midwest were invited to enter the 29th Annual Midwest Book Awards competition for excellence in books published during the 2018 calendar year. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality,...

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A huge thank you

A huge thank you

Thanks to Amy Zellmer, Jerry Mevissen, Sybil Smith, Dorie McClelland, Rachel Anderson, Patrick Ledray, and Sherry Roberts for serving on MIPA’s board the last few years. And thanks (and a sigh of relief) to our new board members who came forward to take MIPA into the...

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Member news

Member news

Sharon Woodhouse, Lake Claremont Press and Everything Goes Media, LLC, of Chicago and Milwaukee, offers a free newsletter aimed at nonfiction authors, but valuable for everyone. It’s called “Conspired: Ideas from the Inside for Nonfiction Authors.” Check it out here....

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Publishing University

Publishing University

MIPA is an affiliate of the Independent Book Publishing Association (IBPA). Each year IBPA offers a conference with 30+ sessions on various publishing topics. The next Publishing University will be held on April 6-7, 2018, in Austin, Texas. As an affiliate, one MIPA...

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Meet our other new board members

Meet our other new board members

MIPA’s new board truly represents the Midwest region. Our new president, Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, is Assistant Professor of Practice and Editor in Chief of North Dakota State University Press in Fargo. She is also developing a Certificate in Publishing for NDSU. Suzzanne...

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Midwest Book Awards Gala

Midwest Book Awards Gala

Authors, designers, illustrators and publishers came together for an evening of networking and celebration of independent publishing. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of this year’s winners in 30 writing, illustration and design categories. Read a...

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Unowsky Receives Pat Bell Award

Unowsky Receives Pat Bell Award

When David Unowsky opened Hungry Mind (later called Ruminator) bookstore in Saint Paul in 1970, Minnesota was flyover land; East Coast publishers gave little thought to the Midwest and rarely sent their touring authors to bookstores in the middle of the country. David...

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Member news

Member news

Congratulations to Color House Graphics, Inc., of Grand Rapids and Chicago on celebrating their 30-year anniversary. CHG offers digital and offset printing, book binding and finishing, and distribution and fulfillment. To learn more about them, go to...

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Midwest Book Awards

Midwest Book Awards

The judges are busy reading the 192 titles entered into the Midwest Book Awards. Finalists will be announced in mid-April. The invitation-only gala will be held Friday, May 12, in St. Paul.

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IBPA has a new website

IBPA has a new website

MIPA is an affiliate of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), a national publishing association. Check out their new website and if you’re not a member yet, consider joining.
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PW’s Claire Kirch

PW’s Claire Kirch

Note: Date change for our April meeting! Clair has been senior correspondent for Publishers Weekly, covering the Midwest for several years. Her articles span a wide range of publishing topics. Claire will talk about her experiences, the changes she’s seen in...

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Wrap-up of fall meetings

Wrap-up of fall meetings

September — Our meeting about book award contests provided a lot of information about choosing which ones to enter. More will be written about book awards on our new website but when determining which ones to enter research the organization to understand which ones...

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Christmas Book Flood

Christmas Book Flood

Perhaps we should be more like Iceland (uh, not the weather). Iceland has a lovely national tradition called “Jolabokaflod,” or the “Christmas Book Flood,” which started during World War II. Books are the majority of the presents given to one another for Christmas....

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