Joe Meno and Mark Caro: 2009 Great Lakes Book Award winners | Bleader

Joe Meno and Mark Caro: 2009 Great Lakes Book Award winners

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The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association announced its yearly awards last week, and Chicagoans Joe Meno and Chicago Tribune staffer Mark Caro took top honors. The GLIBA awards "recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region."

Meno's novel The Great Perhaps won in the fiction category. Caro's The Foie Gras Wars: How a 5,000-Year-Old Delicacy Inspired the World's Fiercest Food Fight won in nonfiction. (Reader columnist Mike Sula wrote about The Foie Gras Wars here in March.)

The other nominees:

Fiction

Gillian Flynn for Dark Places
Robert Goolrick for A Reliable Wife
Bryan Gruley for Starvation Lake
David Wrobelewski for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Nonfiction

Michael Perry for Coop: A Year of Poultry, Pigs, and Parenting
Doug Stanton for Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
Greg Kot for Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music
Spike Carlsen for A Splintered History of Wood: Belt-Sander Races, Blind Woodworkers, and Baseball Bats

Becky Anderson of Anderson's Bookshops received the Voice of the Heartland award, presented for "a lifetime contribution to regional books."

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