At it's annual awards banquet, The Society of Midland Authors honors its choices for the best books by Midwest authors published in 2012. The master of ceremonies for this year's benefit was Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of the Uptown Poetry Slam. Award winners also read from their works.
A list of this year's winners can be found here.
The Society, founded in 1915 by a group of authors including Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe and Vachel Lindsay, has given out annual awards since 1957. The juried competition is open to authors who live in, were born in, or have strong ties to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin.
Recorded live Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.