And The Winners Are …

Just got word of some exciting news. Well, at least it’s exciting for a select number of authors. For those of us who are readers, it’s merely news about great books and, well, that’s reason enough to pay attention.

mba.gifThe skinny: The 2006 the Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Awards have been announced. These awards honor authors from the Midwest Booksellers Association (MBA) region and/or books about the region, which includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Titles were nominated and chosen by booksellers of the 240-plus locally owned and operated independent bookstore members of the Midwest Booksellers Association.

And, without further delay, here are the 2006 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Awards (with links to each title):

WINNERS

Fiction

The Painted Drum
Louise Erdrich

Nonfiction

The Children’s Blizzard
David Laskin

Poetry

Good Poems for Hard Times
Selected & Introduced by
Garrison Keillor

Children’s Picture Book

Leaf Man
Lois Ehlert

Children’s Literature

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Fiction

Gardenias
Faith Sullivan

Nonfiction

The Final Frontiersman
James Campbell

Poetry

Meticulous Attachment: Poems
Mary Logue

Children’s Picture Book

Gitchi Gumee
Anne Margaret Lewis
Illustrated by Kathleen Chaney Fritz

Children’s Literature

The Tale of Despereaux
Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering

The Wright 3
Blue Balliett; Illustrated by Brett Helquist

Just in case you’re wondering … The 2006 Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Awards will be presented formally on Sept. 28 during the Midwest Booksellers Association’s 26th Annual Trade Show in St. Paul. The MBA is a regional not-for-profit trade association formally established in 1981 to promote retail bookselling and support professional independent booksellers throughout the region.

Members include locally owned and operated independent bookstores; book publishers, distributors, reps, and vendors who do business with our bookstores; and other individuals and businesses allied to the book industry.

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