Chicago connection: June 2009 Archives

Local authors among Great Lakes finalists

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Among the finalists for the 2009 Great Lakes Book Awards are several Chicago area authors. To be eligible for the Great Lakes Book Awards, books must have a Great Lakes theme or setting or be written by an author living in the region and have been published between June 2008 and the end of May 2009. The winners will be announced in late August and awards presented in October in Cleveland. Following is a list of all finalists. (Local authors' books marked with *)

* Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Random House)
* The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno (W.W. Norton)
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
* Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley (Simon & Schuster)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Harper Collins)

Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting by Michael Perry (Harper Collins)
* The Foie Gras Wars by Mark Caro (Simon & Schuster)
Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (Simon & Schuster)
* Ripped by Greg Kot (Simon & Schuster)
A Splintered History of Wood by Spike Carlsen (Harper Collins)

After the Trains by Gloria Whelan (Harper Collins)
* The Blind Faith Hotel by Pamela Todd (Simon & Schuster)
* I Put a Spell on You by Adam Selzer (Random House)
Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka (Penguin Group)
* The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (Random House)
My Brother Abe: Sally Lincoln's Story by Harry Mazer (Simon & Schuster)

Baby Dragon by Amy Ehrlich and Will Hillenbrand (Illus.) (Candlewick Press)
Birds by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek (Illus.), (Harper Collins)
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes (Harper Collins)
That Book Woman by Heather Henson and David Small (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster)
The Underwear Salesman by J. Patrick Lewis and Serge Bloch (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster)