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Finalist Feature: 50 Shades of Worf

Category: Adult Fiction

Description: A back-alley brawl between the furries and the bronies. Deadpool cosplayer keeps stealing all the erotic pegasus artwork. Someone’s necronomicon opened a tentacle portal in the men’s room. Two cops go undercover at a comic-book convention to stop Wil Wheaton’s murder. You’ll love this buddy cop comicomedy, unless you’re my mom. If you are my mom, please bring me a hot-pocket. I’m in the basement. If you love Discworld, Hitchhikers Guide, or Bimbos From the Death Sun, then this book is for you! Get it now! (Also, hot-pockets are on sale, Mom.)

Author: Christopher D. Schmitz is author of both Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction and Nonfiction books and has been published in both traditional and independent outlets. If you’ve looked into indie writers of the upper midwest you may have heard his name whispered in dark alleys with an equal mix of respect and disdain. He has been featured on television broadcasts, podcasts, and runs a blog for indie authors… but you’ve still probably never heard of him.

​As an avid consumer of comic books, movies, cartoons, and books (especially sci- fi and fantasy) this child of the 80s basically lived out Stranger Things, but shadowy government agencies won’t let him say more than that. He lives in rural Minnesota with his family where he drinks unsafe amounts of coffee; the caffeine shakes keeps the cold from killing them. In his off-time he plays haunted bagpipes in places of low repute, but that’s a story for another time.

Christopher’s Local Library: Marshall-Lyon County Library- Marshall

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalist Feature: The Wolf’s Trail

Category: Adult Fiction

Description: The Wolf’s Trail tells of Zhi-shay’, an elder wolf, and a litter of young wolves living somewhere on the side of a hill overlooking the river that flows through Nagahchiwanong in northern Minnesota. Zhi-shay’, who knows the whole story of the parallel relationship between wolves and the Ojibwe going all the way back to the Beginning, sharing it with his nieces and nephews, and us. Replete with universal lessons, The Wolf’s Trail is the story of the Ojibwe, told by wolves, of what they were and have become, and the promise of their becoming.

Author: Thomas D. Peacock has authored or co-authored The Forever Story, Collected Wisdom, Ojibwe Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look in All Directions, The Good Path, The Seventh Generation, The Four Hills of Life, To Be Free, The Tao of Nookomis, Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny, The Forever Sky, and The Dancers. Ojibwe and The Good Path were Minnesota Book Award winners. The Seventh Generation was multicultural children’s book of the year (American Association of Multicultural Education). He is a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe Ojibwe and lives with his wife Betsy in Little Sand Bay, Red Cliff, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota. For more information about wolves, the Ojibwe, and the relationship of wolves and the Ojibwe, please visit www.thewolfstrail.com

Thomas’ Local Library: Duluth Public Library

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference.

Finalists announced for 2020 Minnesota Author Project

Congratulations to the finalists of the third annual Minnesota Author Project, which recognizes the best indie-published authors in the state of Minnesota!

ADULT FICTION
YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Winners will be announced at the 2020 Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference and will receive $1000, sponsored by the Minnesota Library Foundation and BiblioLabs. Winners will also be honored at an Indie Author Project Celebration, be included in a full-page print spread in Library Journal, and have opportunities to promote their work at Minnesota Public Libraries.

Stay tuned for features of these books, coming soon. Read their ebooks now on BiblioBoard Library.

Finalists for the Minnesota Author Project: Communities Create contest will also be announced this week.