Contact: Jennifer Baum, Midwest Independent Publishers Association
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33rd Annual Midwest Book Awards Announces Finalists
Gold winners announced live June 17

Minneapolis, MN – April 27, 2023 – The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 33rd Annual Midwest Book Awards. The awards recognize the best books published in the Midwest in 2022.

View the complete list of finalists of 83 unique titles in 32 categories.

This year, MiPA received 303 entries, made up of 227 unique titles in a range of genres from 122 independent publishers from each state in MiPA’s 12-state region.

Gold winners will be announced in person at the Midwest Book Awards gala held on June 17, 2023 at Open Book in Minneapolis. Renowned book critic Mary Ann Grossmann is set to keynote the event, which is open to the public. Ticketing information is available at

“Every year our program gets a little bigger, and I marvel at the quality of submissions and wide breadth of relevant topics. There are good books coming out of the Midwest!” said Jennifer Baum, Midwest Book Awards chair and publisher of Scribe Publishing Company in Pontiac, Michigan.

“This year’s finalists represent the best of the best in Midwest publishing,” said Baum. “We are proud to honor these authors and publishers for their outstanding work.”

The Midwest Book Awards are presented by MiPA, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent publishers in the Midwest. The awards are open to all books published in the Midwest in the previous year.

Founded in 1984 in Minneapolis, MiPA exists today as a vibrant professional association that serves the publishing communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

MiPA aims to create an inclusive publishing community that shares educational resources, fosters networking connections, increases the quality of independent publishing coming out of the Midwest, and helps its member publishers grow. MiPA is also a regional affiliate of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

MiPA founders organized the first Midwest Book Awards in 1989, and today the Midwest Book Awards is one of the longest running literary recognition programs in the country. Judges for the prestigious literary program are booksellers, university staff and librarians who are subject matter experts and collectively hail from each of MiPA’s twelve states.

View all finalists at

The June 17, 2023 event is open to the public. Get notified when tickets become available.