We’re excited to announce the shortlist for the 2020 Indiana Authors Awards in the fiction category! Congratulations to the following Hoosier authors and their books:
Brian Allen Carr, Franklin, for Opioid, Indiana, which follows a teen transplant to impoverished rural Indiana who searches for a job, the whereabouts of his drug-addicted guardian and the realities of modern America.
Bryan Furuness, Indianapolis, and a Butler University professor for Do Not Go On, a novel that’s part crime confessional and part coming-of-age tale and involves the Witness Protection Program, college application process and more.
Brian Leung, Lafayette, and a Purdue University professor, for Ivy vs. Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands!, about a small-town election, judgmental town committee, teenage pregnancy and … giant topiary.
Michael Martone, who was born in Fort Wayne and now lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond, a collection of stories that showcases a love of obsolete technologies, small-town whimsy, home movies of proms and birthday parties, steam engines and baseball games.
Chris White, Bainbridge, and a DePauw University professor, for The Life List of Adrian Mandrick, about a pill-popping anesthesiologist and avid birder who embarks on a quest to find one of the world’s rarest species, allowing nothing to get in his way … until he’s confronted with his obsessions and what they’ve cost him.
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