This year's winners of the Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards are:
Fiction: Kitchens of the Great Midwest, by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books)
Nonfiction: Locally Laid, by Lucie Amundsen of Duluth (Avery)
·Poetry: The Falling Down Dance, by Chris Martin (Coffee House Press)
Young Adult and Middle Grade: Isabelle Day Refuses to Die of a Broken Heart, by Jane St. Anthony (University of Minnesota Press)
Children’s Picture Book: North Woods Girl, by Aimée Bissonette and illustrated by Claudia McGehee (Minnesota Historical Society Press)
The awards are chosen by more than 200 booksellers across the Midwest, in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
“I’m always proud of our awards program,” Carrie Obry, director of the association, said in a press release, “because it celebrates the power and influence of the collective voice of independent booksellers.”
The authors will be recognized at an awards ceremony in October at the Heartland Fall Forum, a trade show for the publishing industry to be held at the Depot in MInneapolis.