book prize short list announced--Society of Midland Authors

Jon Lauck Discussion

The Society of Midland Authors announces the short lists for its annual book prizes:




“Picasso’s War: How Modern Art Came to America,” by Hugh Eakin


“The Good Country: A History of the American Midwest, 1800–1900,” by Jon K. Lauck


“Last Call at the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took On a World at War,” by Deborah Cohen 





“The Last Dreamwalker,” by Rita Woods


“Entry Level,” by Wendy Wimmer


“The Net Beneath Us,” by Carol Dunbar


“Sirens & Muses,” by Antonia Angress.




“Illinois Trails & Traces,” by Gary Marx; photographs by Daniel Overturf


“Slenderman: Online Obsessions, Mental Illness and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls,” by Kathleen Hale


“Hadha Baladuna: Arab American Narratives of Boundary and Belonging,” edited by Ghassan Zeineddine, Nabeel Abraham and Sally Howell




“White Mosque: A Memoir,” by Sofia Samatar


“Easy Beauty: A Memoir,” by Chloe Cooper Jones


“Mr. B: George Balanchine's 20th Century,” by Jennifer Homans


“The Forgotten Iron King of the Great Lakes: Eber Brock Ward, 1811-1875,” by Michael W. Nagle




“Unlawful Orders: A Portrait of Dr. James B. Williams, Tuskegee Airman, Surgeon, and Activist,” by Barbara Binns


“Underground Fire: Hope, Sacrifice, and Courage in the Cherry Mine Disaster,” by Sally M. Walker


“Jack Knight’s Brave Flight: How One Gutsy Pilot Save the U.S. Air Mail Service,” by Jill Esbaum


“When Dinosaurs Conquered the Skies: The Incredible Story of Bird Evolution,” by Jingmai O'Connor




“El cuarto turquesa/The Turquoise Room,” by Monica Brown


“How Can we Be Kind,” by Janet Halfmann


“Ichiro and the Great Mountain,” by W. Nikola-Lisa


“The Ogress and the Orphans,” by Kelly Barnhill




“Sugar Work,” by Katie Marya


“Concentrate,” by Courtney Faye Taylor


“The Wet Hex,” by Sun Yung Shin


“Soliloquy with the Ghosts in Nile,” by Hussain Ahmed