In the past several weeks, I've learned of two more awards given to my biography of Union officer Orlando M. Poe.
The Chicago-based Society of Midland Authors has voted the book a Finalist in the Biography category for their 2009-2010 Awards Competition. According to their press release: "The Society, founded in 1915 by a group of authors including Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe and Vachel Lindsay, has given out annual awards since 1957. The juried competition is open to authors who live in, were born in, or have strong ties to Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Notable winners in past years have included Saul Bellow, Studs Terkel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mike Royko, Jane Smiley and Scott Turow."
Currently, the book is also a Finalist in the History category for ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. The winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from the magazine's readership. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor's Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at a special program at BookExpo America in New York City on May 26.
All very flattering, indeed.