Jean Thompson
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I was honored to give the keynote address at the annual awards banquet of the Society of Midland Authors, May 10, in Chicago, and to serve as a judge in the Adult Fiction category.

Raft of Stars

Andrew J. Graff, Raft of Stars, Ecco/Harper Collins

Winner, Society of Midland Authors Adult Fiction Prize

A wilderness journey with desperate stakes.

Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago

James Conrad, Making Love to the Minor Poets of Chicago, St. Martins

A comedy of love, poetry, and nuclear waste.


Peter Rock, Passersthrough, Soho Press

More mysteries of family bonds from the author of My Abandonment.

Shoulder Season

Christina Clancy, Shoulder Season, St. Martins

The unexpected career of a Playboy bunny. 

Sleep Walk

Dan Chaon, Sleepwalk, Henry Holt

One wild ride through an America which doesn’t quite exist – yet.

The Blondes of Wisconsin

Anthony Bukoski, The Blondes of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin Press

A community of Polish immigrants finds meaning amid hard times.

Mad Prairie

Kate McIntyre, Mad Prairie, University of Georgia Press

A Midwestern landscape where nothing is as placid as it looks.


Jakob Guanzon, Abundance, Graywolf Press

Poverty makes criminals out of parents with few choices