The Society of Midland Authors presents its annual awards honoring its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2011. The master of ceremonies is author Jay Bonansinga.
This year's winners are as follows:
Adult fiction winner: Paula McLain, The Paris Wife, Random House. Finalists: Donald Ray Pollock, The Devil All the Time, Doubleday; Patricia Ann McNair, The Temple of Air, Elephant Rock Books
Adult nonfiction winner: B.J. Hollars, Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America, University of Alabama Press. Finalists: Barbara Oakley, Cold-Blooded Kindness: Neuroquirks of a Codependent Killer, or Just Give Me a Shot at Loving You, Dear, and Other Reflections on Helping That Hurts, Prometheus Books; Steven A. Riess, The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865-1913, Syracuse University Press
Biography winner: Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Van Gogh: The Life, Random House. Finalists: Philip Freeman, Alexander the Great, Simon & Schuster; Richard C. Lindberg, Whiskey Breakfast: My Swedish Family My American Life, University of Minnesota Press.
Children's fiction winner: Trent Reedy, Words in the Dust, Arthur A. Levine Books.
Children's nonfiction winner: Donna Latham, Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out, Nomad Press.
Finalist: Andrea Warren,Charles Dickens and the Street Children of London, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
Poetry winner: Susanna Childress, Entering the House of Awe, New Issues Press.
Finalist: Rob Griffith, The Moon from Every Window, David Roberts Books.
James Friend Memorial Award for Literary and Dramatic Criticism winner: Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune literary editor, for her leadership with the Printers Row Lit Fest and initiation of the Tribune's Printers Row Journal.