New this year! The Heartland Booksellers Award is a reflection of the powerful influence of independent booksellers throughout the Midwest.
This award was formed when the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA) joined forces with the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers (GLIBA) to produce one unified awards program uplifting books with a Midwest angle that independent booksellers loved to sell this previous year.
Celebrating our book awards as one industry force amplifies the impact of the award for booksellers, publishers, authors, and consumers--as 12 states and more than 300 bookstores throughout the Greater Midwest celebrate these titles. "It's really exciting to watch it all come together," says Carrie Obry, MIBA's executive director. "First, booksellers nominate titles. Next, they vote for their favorites. Finally, we invite all the winners to a big party and celebrate the work of these authors and booksellers. Of course, this year will be different, as we celebrate virtually, but it will still be a fun and rewarding evening. The awards ceremony will be on October 15."
Our award-winning titles often remain on our bestseller lists for weeks, months, and even years to come and reflect the powerful influence of the voice of independent booksellers.
Everywhere You Don't Belong, Gabriel Bump, Algonquin Books, 2/4/2020, 9781616208790
This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger, Atria Books, 5/26/2020, 9781476749303
The Lager Queen of Minnesota, J. Ryan Stradal, Penguin Books, 6/23/2020, 9780399563065
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, Michael Zapata, Hanover Square Press, 2/4/2020, 9781335010124
Rust Belt Femme, Raechel Anne Jolie, Belt Publishing, 3/10/2020, 9781948742634
In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado, Graywolf Press, 11/5/2019, 9781644450031
American Harvest, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Graywolf Press, 4/7/2020, 9781644450178
Burn the Place, Iliana Regan, Scribner, 8/4/2020, 9781982157777
El Dorado Freddy's, Danny Caine, Belt Publishing, 3/3/2020, 9781948742627
HULL, Xandria Phillips, Nightboat Books, 10/8/2019, 9781643620084
Homie, Danez Smith, Graywolf Press, 1/21/2020, 9781644450109
Dear Delinquent, Ann Townsend, Sarabande Books, 5/7/2019, 9781946448347
Young Adult / Middle Grade
Beverly, Right Here, Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick, 9/24/2019, 9780763694647
Wink, Rob Harrell, Dial Books, 3/31/2020, 9781984815149
SLAY, Brittney Morris, Simon Pulse, 9/1/2020, 9781534445437
The Fountains of Silence, Ruta Sepetys, Philomel Books, 10/1/2019, 9780399160318
Children's Picture Book
Hello, Neighbor!, Matthew Cordell, Neal Porter Books, 4/6/2020, 9780823446186
Wild Honey from the Moon, Kenneth Kraegel, Candlewick, 11/5/2019, 9780763681692
My Footprints, Bao Phi, Capstone Editions, 9/1/2019, 9781684460007
A Map into the World, Kao Kalia Yang, Carolrhoda Books, 10/1/2019, 9781541538368