Midwest Book Awards Finalists Are Announced

Midwest booksellers have nominated their favorite titles for the 2012 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards. We tallied the results and the finalists are listed below. Booksellers will vote for their favorites and we’ll celebrate these award-winning authors at our book awards reception at Heartland Fall Forum in October.

For our awards criteria, see the Book Awards page on our website. Our process is unique because first we poll booksellers for their nominations, and then create a ballot for them to vote on which titles they believe are most worthy of the award, making our awards a celebration of indie handselling at its best.

Click on the picture of Nina Revoyr to scroll through pictures from last year’s awards.

2012 Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards Finalists


Adult Fiction
Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding
William Kent Krueger, Northwest Angle
Danielle Sosin, The Long-Shining Waters
Larry Watson, American Boy

Adult Non-Fiction
Joe Blair, By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir
Beth Dooley, Northern Heartland Kitchen
Cheryl Strayed, Wild

Todd Boss, Pitch
Joseph Campana, Natural Selections
Carol Muske-Dukes, Twin Cities

Children’s Literature
Sheila O’Connor, Sparrow Road
Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck
Jacqueline West, Spellbound: The Books of Elsewhere: Vol. 2

Children’s Picture Books
Mary Casanova, Utterly Otterly Night. Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
Loren Long, Otis and the Tornado. Illustrated by Loren Long
Susan Vande Griek, Loon. Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Jim Aylesworth, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, Creak, Pop-Pop, Moo. Illustrated by Brad Sneed