We’re excited to announce the shortlist for the 2022 Indiana Authors Awards in the genre category! Congratulations to the following Hoosier authors and their books:
Paul Allor, Indianapolis, for Hollow Heart, a graphic novel that uses a queer monster love story to examine the choices we make between giving loved ones what they want and giving them what we think they need.
Josh Dygert, Indianapolis, for the novel Stella, which follows a girl whose father disappears when he touches a meteor that lands in their cornfields, and her quest to discover the truth as a total eclipse approaches.
Sofi Keren, Indianapolis, for False Starts & Artichoke Hearts. This romance novel set in the world of fine dining finds Daniela and Jules both starting over and hoping that their pasts won’t stop them from building a future together.
Joseph Lee, Bloomington, for Forgiveness: The Story of Eva Kor, Survivor of The Auschwitz Twin Experiments. This illustrated biography of Eva Kor tells the story of a girl who found herself fighting to survive in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and an adult in Terre Haute who discovered that forgiveness could save her life.
Steve Schatz, Bloomington, for Seashell Virgin: A Nacho Mama’s Patio Café Novel, a humorous novel in which a band of middle-aged friends from Nacho Mama’s Patio Café fight a scheme to close the area’s only gay bar and upend their town.
Larry D. Sweazy, Noblesville, for Winter Seeks Out the Lonely: A Sonny Burton Novel, about confronting corruption in a Texas town at the tail end of the Great Depression while also considering a chance at love.