Local Author from Medina, MN Named Finalist in Midwest Book Awards.

Evil Alive : Book 2 in the Circle of Six Series by Andrew Hunkins is up for gold in Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal.

MEDINA, Minn., April 27, 2022 – Evil Alive (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2021) has been selected as a finalist in the Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/Paranormal category of the Midwest Book Awards, a long-running regional awards program first established in 1989.

Like book one, Evil Alive builds toward a clash between good and evil. Unfortunately, as in the world, evil seems to have the upper hand, the greater strength. The Circle is focused on a goal and can see into the future while Chris’s world is just falling apart. His own circle of friends and family are broken and scattered, his powers and connection to the Warden are tenuous at best. The themes center on acceptance and hope. Chris must come to accept his role as the Warden’s host (and possibly humanity’s savior) before he can have Hope (a rather crystal clear symbol). And oh, the end! My heart… I need book three RIGHT NOW! It cannot end this way (wailing/crying emoji).

— Reviewed by: Kristina Turner for Reader Views (02/2/2022), reprinted with permission.

Finalists for the 32nd annual Midwest Book Awards include nearly one hundred titles from fifty-one independent publishers from a 12-state region, competing for gold medals in 35 fiction and non-fiction categories.

View the full list of finalists here. All finalist titles are available for purchase at MiPA’s affiliate bookshop link, an online bookselling platform that directly supports independent booksellers.

Winners will be announced during a YouTube premiere on June 25 at 7pm central. An in-person watch party and book sale will be held starting at 5pm at ModernWell in Minneapolis, a co-working space located at 2909 S Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Tickets are required for the watch party, but the book sale from 5pm-6pm is open to the public. Visit www.mipa.org for more information.

About the Midwest Book Awards:

The Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA) first organized the Midwest Book Awards in 1989, and the program has run continually since. Today judges for the prestigious literary award are booksellers, university staff and librarians who are subject matter experts and collectively hail from each of MiPA’s twelve states.

About MiPA:

Founded in 1984 in Minneapolis, the Midwest Independent Publishers Association exists today as a vibrant professional association that serves the publishing communities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. MiPA aims to create an inclusive publishing community that shares educational resources, fosters networking connections, increases the quality of independent publishing coming out of the Midwest, and helps its member publishers grow.