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Library > Indiana Center for the Book > Best Books of Indiana > Best Books of Indiana 2012 Best Books of Indiana 2012


The 2012 Best Books of Indiana are as follows:

Nonfiction Category:


A Generation at War: The Civil War Era in a Northern Community, by Nicole Etcheson (Muncie). University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Best Books Finalists:

A Home of Her Own, by Nancy R. Hiller (Bloomington) and Kendall Reeves (Bloomington). Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN

Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festivals, by Thomas A. Adler (Lexington, KY). University of Illinois Press, Champagne, IL

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Children/Young Adult Category:


Ashfall, by Mike Mullin (Indianapolis). Tanglewood Press, Terre Haute, IN

Best Books Finalists:

Fred and Fiona Flea: The Crown Jewels Caper, by Joan Bunte (Indianapolis) and Alison Madden (Indianapolis). Tate Publishing, Mustang, OK

Hidden, by Helen Frost (Fort Wayne). Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York City, NY

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Fiction Category:


Safely Buried, by John Pesta (Vallona, Ind.). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Charleston, SC

Best Books Finalists:

Four for a Quarter, by Michael Martone (Tuscaloosa, AL & Fort Wayne native) University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, AL

For Sale by Owner, by Kelcey Parker (South Bend). Kore Press, Tuscon, AZ

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Poetry Category


And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana edited by Jenny Kander (Bloomington) and C. E. Greer (Bloomington). Indiana Historical Society Press, Indianapolis, IN

Best Books Finalists:

Airmail from the Airpoets by Joyce Brinkman (Indianapolis), Ruthelen Burns (Carmel), Joe Heithaus (Greencastle), Norbert Krapf (Indianapolis). San Francisco Bay Press, Norfolk, VA

The Moon from Every Window by Rob Griffith (Evansville). WordTech Communications, LLC, Cincinnati, OH

    [    JUDGES COMMENTS    ][    View Press Release...    ]

Best Books of Indiana

Each category's winning title and author will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors Room. One copy of each finalist entry will remain housed in the Authors Room indefinitely. Two copies of all 2012 Best Books entries have been added to the State Library's collection and are now listed in its online catalog. At least one copy of each entry will circulate. Indiana citizens can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title at the State Library or request to borrow a copy free of charge via interlibrary loan at their local public library.

PDO SW 1-27-2017