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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards (2005, 2007-10)

2010 Award Winners
The winners of the 2010 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards, sponsored by the Midwest Booksellers Association and chosen by member bookstores, are:

Fiction: A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore 
Nonfiction: The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women & a Forty-Year Friendship by Jeffrey Zaslow (Gotham Books)
Poetry: The Chain Letter of the Soul: New and Selected Poems by Bill Holm (Milkweed Editions)
Children's Picture Book: Otis by Loren Long (Philomel)
Children's Literature: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)

Honor Books:
Fiction: Driftless by David Rhodes (Milkweed Editions)
Nonfiction: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François (St. Martin's)
Poetry: Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude edited by Jim Perlman
Children's Picture Book: Moose on the Loose by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello 
Children's Literature: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman 

2009 Award Winners

Fiction: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Ecco)
Nonfiction: Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs and Parenting by Michael Perry (HarperCollins)
Poetry: Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle by Freya Manfred (Red Dragonfly Press)
Children's Picture Book: Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Harry Bliss (Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins)
Children's Literature: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Honor recipients:
Fiction: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin)
Nonfiction: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter (Grand Central)
Poetry: Yellowrocket by Todd Boss (Norton)
Children's Picture Book: Snow by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Lauren Stringer (Harcourt Children's Books)
Children's Literature: Savvy by Ingrid Law (Dial Books for Young Readers)

2008 Award Winners
Fiction:  Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Non-Fiction: Little Heathens: Hard Times and High Spirits on an Iowa Farm During the Great Depression by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Poetry: Valentines: Poems by Ted Kooser
Children’s Picture Book: Agate: What Good Is a Moose? by Joy Morgan Dey and Nikki Johnson
Children’s Literature: Little Klein by Anne Ylvisaker

2008 Honor Book Winners
Fiction (Tie)
So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger
Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

Nonfiction: The Florist’s Daughter: A Memoir by Patricia Hampl
Poetry: Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems by Deborah Keenan
Children’s Picture Book: Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo
Children’s Literature: The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman

2007 Winners
Fiction: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Nonfiction: Truck: A Love Story by Michael Perry
Poetry: The Blizzard Voices: Poems by Ted Kooser
Children’s Picture Book: A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Children’s Literature: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

2007 Honorable Mention
Fiction: Copper River by William Kent Krueger
Nonfiction: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson
Poetry: To Sing Along the Way:Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present by Connie Wanek
Children’s Picture Book: A Woodland Counting Book by Claudia McGehee
Children’s Picture Book: Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer
Children’s Literature: In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth

2005 Award:
First-ever Midwest Booksellers' Choice Awards (2005), sponsored by the Midwest Booksellers Association.

Adult Fiction
Winner: Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson (FSG)
Honorable Mention: The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich (Perennial)

Adult Nonfiction
Winner: What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by Thomas Frank
Honorable Mention: Homegown Democrat by Garrison Keillor

Winner: Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser
Honorable Mention: Original Fire: Selected and New Poems by Louise Erdrich

Children's Picture Book
Winner: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Honorable Mention: A Tallgrass Prairie Alphabet by Claudia McGehee

Children's Literature
Winner: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Honorable Mention: Ida B: And her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and Possibly Save the World by Katherine Hannigan 

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