Congratulations to the winners of the 32nd Annual Midwest Book Awards!
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Nonfiction – Anthologies

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Concussion Discussions: A Functional Approach to Recovery After Brain Injury

by Amy Zellmer & Dr. Shane Steadman (Faces of TBI, LLC)

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Mortality, with Friends

by Fleda Brown (Wayne State University Press)

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Death Never Dies: Mourning 2020 Through the Lives and Deaths of Public Figures

by Lee Fearnside (editor) (Chimera Projects LLC)

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Nonfiction – Arts/Photography/Coffee Table Books

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Kura: Prophetic Messenger

by Richard Bresnahan (Kura Book Publishing LLC)

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Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through a Lens

by Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC. (Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC.)

A Song for Liv

by Wayne Gudmundson (North Dakota State University Press)

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Nonfiction – Autobiography/Memoir

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Difficult Gifts: A Physician’s Journey to Heal Body and Mind

by Courtney Burnett (Wise Ink Creative Publishing )

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Go West, Young Man: A Father and Son Rediscover America on the Oregon Trail

by BJ Hollars (Bison Books)

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Above the Din: Diary of the HepC Wonder Drugs

by Labar Laskie (HenschelHAUS Publishing)

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Nonfiction – Biography

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A Peacemaker for Warring Nations: The Founding of the Iroquois League

by Joseph Bruchac (Wisdom Tales Press/World Wisdom)

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The Birdman of Koshkonong: The Life of Naturalist Thure Kumlein

by Martha Bergland (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)

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Grounds For Freedom: Saving Chernobyl

by R.J. King (Written in Detroit, Pearce Bradley)

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Nonfiction – Business

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Ready, Mindset, Grow!: Nuggets Mined from the Leadership Journeys

by James D. Johnson (Calumet Editions, Imprint: Wisdom Editions)

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Captivate Your Audience: Create content that connects every time you present

by Sara Krisher (Kirk House Publishers)

The Seven Mistakes New Managers Make: How to Avoid Them and Thrive

by Janet Polach, PH. D. (Kirk House Publishers)

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Nonfiction – Children’s & Young Adult

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That They Lived

by Rochelle Riley and Cristi Smith-Jones (Wayne State University Press)

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The Fishermen, the Horse, and the Sea

by Barbara Joosse (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)

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Grandma Lisa’s Humming, Buzzing, Chirping Garden

by Lisa Doseff (Pollination Press)

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Nonfiction – Cookbooks/Crafts/Hobbies

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Fuel Your Body: How to Cook and Eat for Peak Performance: 77 Simple, Nutritious, Whole-Food Recipes for Every Athlete

by Angie Asche, MS, RD, CSSD (Agate)

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At Home in Lanesboro, Shared Recipes and Memories

by Barb Jeffers (Lost Lake Folk Art, a Shipwreckt Books imprint)

Amalia’s Mesoamerican Table: Ancient Culinary Traditions with Gourmet Infusions

by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard (Wise Ink Publishing)

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Nonfiction – Education/Learning

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Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire and Thrive at Work

by Monica H. Kang (Publish Your Purpose Press)

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We Will Always Be Here: A Guide to Exploring and Understanding the History of LGBTQ+ Activism in Wisconsin

by Jennifer Kalvaitis and Kristen Whitson (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)

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Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

by Rita Kumar and Brenda Refaei (University of Cincinnati Press)

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Nonfiction – Family/Parenting

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Open When: Letters of Encouragement for Military Spouses

by Lizann Lightfoot (Elva Resa Publishing)

Nonfiction – Health

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The Wisdom of Your Body: Finding Healing, Wholeness, and Connection through Embodied Living

by Hillary L. McBride, PhD (Brazos Press)

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Type One Determination

by Lauren Plunkett (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

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Nonfiction – History, General

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Surveying in Early America: The Point of Beginning, An Illustrated History

by Dan Patterson and Clinton Terry (University of Cincinnati Library Publishing Services)

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Owl’s Head: A Hidden Gem

by Sondra Ashmore, Christine Guzzo Vickery (Sondra Ashmore Ink)

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Fat Moons and Hunger Moons

by Tamarack Song and Moses (Amik) Beaver (Snow Wolf Publishing)

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Nonfiction – History, Regional

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The Wisconsin Supper Clubs Story: An Illustrated History, with Relish

by Ron Faiola (Agate)

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A Peacemaker for Warring Nations: The Founding of the Iroquois League

by Joseph Bruchac (Wisdom Tales Press/World Wisdom)

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Tennessee Post Office Murals

by David W. Gates Jr. (Post Office Fans)

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Nonfiction – Humor

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Cabin Fever: Life Goes On in the Northwoods

by Mike Lein (The Jackpine Writers Bloc)

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Speaking in Riddles

by Sharon Chmielarz (Nodin Press)

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Nonfiction – Inspiration

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We Are Called . . . To Do the Right Thing: A Practical Guide for Leaders Based on Personal Reflections and Experiences from a Longtime Higher Education Leader

by Prakash Mathew (North Dakota State University Press)

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The Seven Gifts

by David B Whitacre (HenshelHAUS Publishing, Inc.)

The Home Stretch

by David Nimmer (Nodin Press)

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Nonfiction – Nature

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Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants

by Heather Holm (Pollination Press)

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Up North in Michigan: A Portrait of Place in Four Seasons

by Jerry Dennis (University of Michigan Press)

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Fat Moons and Hunger Moons

by Tamarack Song and Moses (Amik) Beaver (Snow Wolf Publishing)

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Nonfiction – Recreation/Sports/Travel

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The Gift of Green Time: 50 Ways for Families to Disconnect (and Reconnect) Outdoors – Door County

by Beverly L. Gillen (Beverly L. Gillen)

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Bicycling Through Paradise: Historical Tours around Cincinnati

by Kathleen Smythe and Chris Hanlin (University of Cincinnati Press)

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A Field Guide to Custer’s Camps: On the March to the Little Bighorn

by Don Weinell (North Dakota State University Press)

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Nonfiction – Religion/Philosophy

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The Eye of the Heart: A New Translation with Selected Letters

by Frithjof Schuon (World Wisdom)

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Shalom

by Terry Morehouse (Kirk House Publishers)

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The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth

by Beth Allison Barr (Brazos Press)

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Nonfiction – Social Science/Political Science/Culture

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We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice

by Mariame Kaba (Haymarket Books)

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Surviving the Americas: Garifuna Persistence from Nicaragua to New York City

by Serena Cosgrove, José Idiáquez, Leonard Joseph Bent, and Andrew Gorvetzian (University of Cincinnati Press)

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The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity

by Dr. Artika R. Tyner

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Fiction – Children’s

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Tale as Tall as Jacob

by Samantha Edwards (Andrews McMeel Universal)

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Mystery Horse at Oak Lane Stable

by Kerri Lukasavitz (Three Towers Press, an imprint of HenschelHAUS Publishing)

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Bellies to the Sky

by Colleen Canning (Beaver’s Pond Press) Allie Daigle

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Fiction – Children’s picture books

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Breathe, Ollie!

by Krista Betcher (Beaver’s Pond Press)

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The Legend of Jet the Gerbil

by Michael Keller (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

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The Nodders: What! You Don’t Want to Nap?

by Tina Huggins (Beaver’s Pond Press)

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Fiction – Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal

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Just Bart

by E.D.E. Bell (Atthis Arts)

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Evil Alive

by Andrew Hunkins (Beaver’s Pond Press)

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Fiction – Literary/Contemporary/Historical

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South of Luck

by Jim Guhl (University of Wisconsin Press)

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Hiro’s War

by Rebecca Taniguchi (Gaman Publishing LLC)

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Deer Season

by Erin Flanagan (University of Nebraska Press)

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Fiction – Mystery/Thriller

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A Driftless Murder

by Jerry McGinley (University of Wisconsin Press)

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Death To The Dealers

by Christine Husom (Wright Press)

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Through the Waves a Steady Path

by Patrick M. Garry (Kenric Books)

Fiction – Romance

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Don’t Let the Music Die

by Annmarie Boyle (Dahlia Media)

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Boots and Bulls: Thrown by Love (Book 1)

by C. Kelly (Kirk House Publishers)

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Burning Bridges

by Frank F. Weber (Moon Finder)

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Fiction – Short Story/Anthology

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The Blondes of Wisconsin

by Anthony Bukoski (University of Wisconsin Press)

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Fiction – Young Adult

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Call Me Athena

by Colby Smith (Andrews McMeel Universal)

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How It Happens

by Jean Alicia Elster (Wayne State University Press)

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Burning Bridges

by Frank F. Weber (Moon Finder)

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Poetry and Graphic Novels – Anthology

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Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora

by Christopher Nelson (editor) (Green Linden Press)

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Crossings – Anthology of the Poets Laureate of Winona, Minnesota

by James Armstrong, Ken McCullough, Emilio DeGrazia, and Nicholle Ramsey. Ken McCullough (Editor) (Lost Lake Folk Art, a Shipwreckt Books Imprint)

Poetry and Graphic Novels – Debut

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Spit

by Daniel Lassell (Wheelbarrow Books, an imprint of Michigan State University Press)

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Dead Dad Jokes

by Ollie Schminkey (Button Poetry)

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The Last Unkillable Thing

by Emily Pittinos (University of Iowa Press)

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Poetry and Graphic Novels – General

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A Fine Yellow Dust

by Laura Apol (Michigan State University Press)

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Alien Miss

by Carlina Duan (University of Wisconsin Press)

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There Are Trans People Here

by H. Melt (Haymarket Books)

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Poetry and Graphic Novels – Regional

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Gun/Shy

by Jim Daniels (Wayne State University Press)

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In Plains Sight

by Bonnie Larson Staiger (North Dakota State University Press)

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The Trouble with Daydreams: Collected & New Poems

by Mark Vinz (North Dakota State University Press)

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Design – Cover Design

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Bellies to the Sky

by Colleen Canning (Beaver’s Pond Press) Allie Daigle

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Dear Heroin; A Memoir of Goodbyes

by Linda Morrison (Wise Ink Creative Publishing) Emily Mahon

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Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through a Lens

by Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC. (Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC.) Todd and Brad Reed, Rachel Gaudette and Hannah Ruhlig

Design – Illustration

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The Legend of Jet the Gerbil

by Michael Keller (Wise Ink Creative Publishing) Patrizia Donaera

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Bellies to the Sky

by Colleen Canning (Beaver’s Pond Press) Allie Daigle

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Charles’s Bridge

by Sandra Novacek (Ten21 Press) Nicole Lapointe

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Fat Moons and Hunger Moons

by Tamarack Song and Moses (Amik) Beaver (Snow Wolf Publishing) Sherry Roberts

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Design – Interior Design

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Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through a Lens

by Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC. (Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC.) Todd and Brad Reed, Rachel Gaudette and Hannah Ruhlig

Spirit of the Cheetah: A Somali Tale

by Karen Lynn Williams & Khadra Mohammed (Wisdom Tales Press/World Wisdom) Julia Cairns

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A Peacemaker for Warring Nations: The Founding of the Iroquois League

by Joseph Bruchac (Wisdom Tales Press/World Wisdom)

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Design – Total Book Design

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The Birdman of Koshkonong: The Life of Naturalist Thure Kumlein

by Martha Bergland (Wisconsin Historical Society Press) Steve Biehl and Integrated Composition

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Manna Cafe and Bakery Cookbook: A Memoir of Two Businesses, a Community, and the Food that Connected Them

by Barb Pratzel (Little Creek Press) Kristin Mitchell

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Todd Reed: 50 Years Seeing Michigan Through a Lens

by Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC. (Todd & Brad Reed Photography, LLC.) Todd and Brad Reed, Rachel Gaudette and Hannah Ruhlig