July 16, 2013 by Reader's Connection
The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards will be presented on Saturday, October 26th. The winners of the National and Regional Author Awards, and the Finalists for the Emerging Author Awards, were announced yesterday.
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Winner–National Author Award: Michael Martone
Here is an ode to the farming life that is most eloquent when it is most down-to-earth. These essays (previously published in small magazines and anthologies) reflect on the inner and outer territories of the Midwest. What keeps the reader’s interest alive is Martone’s keen eye for the uncanny details of ordinary life in an agricultural community. His depiction of how the system of vacuum pipes acts in an automatic milking machine (the pipe “runs around the barn, circles over the stalls like a halo”), his description of the process in which pigs’ needle teeth and tail are snipped (so they don’t bite each others’ tails off when they’re crowded into a pen), his account of “walking the beans” (weeding the rows of crop beans by walking up and down with a special hoe topped with a wick dipped in an extremely potent herbicide)–all these draw the reader into a world that seems simultaneously familiar and utterly alien. — Publishers Weekly
Winner–Regional Author Award: James H. Madison
“Madison has succeeded as have few other authors of state histories in blending modern scholarly concerns with the traditional narrative historiography of his state. This book is in many ways a model state history.” — Choice
“Neither too detailed and provincial, nor too broad and comparative, The Indiana Way adopts an integrated analytical approach, but also includes some narrative and biography.” — Journal of American History
Finalists: Emerging Author Award
Welcome to West Texas, where a nuclear plant is being dismantled, a young lady takes a walk in the desert in 104-degree heat, and a corpse is dumped along the route usually favored by drug mules and coyotes. Artemis Police Chief Josie Gray has her hands full. Rain-fed floods menace the Feed Plant, the abandoned nuclear waste facility Beacon Pathways is cleaning up. Cassidy Harper nearly succumbs to heat stroke but won’t admit why she was reconnoitering the area near the Hollow. And Officer Marta Cruz is having trouble controlling her daughter Teresa, who bails out her meth-addicted boyfriend. Unfortunately, matters are about to get worse. A body is found with no identification but wearing protective boots issued to employees cleaning up the nuclear site. Putrid lesions run up his arms, and an autopsy reveals that his gastrointestinal tract has been eaten away. Diego Paiva, plant supervisor, insists that his safety measures are top-notch, but could there have been a lapse in security for those men working on the vitrification project in Unit Seven? . . . As in Fields’ Tony Hillerman Prize–winning debut The Territory: carefully integrated red herrings, a tinge of romance and dead-on descriptions of West Texas weather–oppressive heat, weeklong downpours and earth-obliterating mudslides. — Kirkus Reviews
As fast, furious, action-packed, and, yes, gruesome as Ashfall (2011), this sprawling sequel follows the continuation of 16-year-old Alex’s journey with tough, gorgeous Darla through the ash and snow of a post-volcanic, dystopian midwestern world to find his parents, who are also searching for him. As he travels along the frozen Mississippi, he is reunited with Mom and Dad, but he loses Darla in a violent attack, and he sets out to rescue her from what might be forced prostitution. With the dangerous quests and violence (including torture), what will stay with readers is how the characters save each other from the worst. — Booklist
This is not a typical book about the globalization of the apparel industry; Timmerman is neither an activist nor an industry defender. Indeed, he has no expertise or special interest beyond the fact that he wonders how the clothing he wears is made. Presenting himself as the ultimate boy next door from a working-class family in Ohio, he uses a casual tone more reminiscent of blogging than muckraking. His curiosity about the origins of his T-shirts, sandals, and other clothing leads him to factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, and Honduras. He takes on the project with few preconceptions and little knowledge and perseveres with a charming lack of guile. That sincerity, plus an honest skepticism, allows him to avoid preachiness. This book does not explore the reasons for global inequalities and cannot replace even journalistic accounts, let alone scholarly ones, but for readers seeking a first humane glimpse of the situation without complex arguments or finger-shaking moralism, this is an agreeable choice. — Library Journal