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2012 Maine Literary Awards Honor Gardiner-based Publisher 

The MWPA is pleased to announce that the second annual Award For Distinguished Achievement will be presented to Jennifer Bunting, the publisher at the Gardiner-based Tilbury House, Publishers. Bunting is being extended the honor for her exceptional and steadfast contributions to Maine’s literary community.

Author and USM professor Reza Jalali will introduce and present Bunting with the award at the 2012 Maine Literary Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) at the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.

Bunting has been with Tilbury House since 1995. While the publisher’s award-winning children's picture books focus on cultural diversity, social justice, nature, and the environment, their adult publications consist primarily of regional nonfiction, history, maritime history, and some environmental works. Tilbury House not only keeps E.B. White’s now-classic 1942 essay collection One Man's Meat in print, Bunting also shepherds along soon-to-be-classics of Maine nonfiction such as Eva Murray’s Well Out to Sea: Year-Round on Matinicus Island. The New England Independent Booksellers Association named Tilbury House “Publishers of the Year” in 2009.

The Award For Distinguished Achievement is part of the annual Maine Literary Awards. Not open to nominations, the award is selected by the MWPA’s board of trustees. Last year, author Robert Chute was presented with the inaugural award, which was presented by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair.

Please contact the MWPA with questions or for more information: 207-228-8263 or

The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Maine Literary Awards!

This year, more than one hundred books were entered into the Award’s various categories. More than fifty manuscripts were submitted into the award’s Short Works Competition in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Nearly 80 Maine students submitted work in the same categories in the award’s Youth Competition.

The finalists hail from every corner of the state, including Bangor, Belfast, Bethel, Brunswick, Camden, Deer Isle, Georgetown, Norridgewock, Portland, Stockton Springs, Unity, and York. Youth finalists come from communities such as Farmington, New Gloucester, Scarborough, and West Bath.

The winners of the awards will be revealed live at a ceremony on Thursday, May 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. The event is free to MWPA members with a suggested $10 donation for nonmembers.

The finalists, listed alphabetically, in each category are:

Book Award for Fiction
Sarah Braunstein The Sweet Relief of Missing Children
Ardeana Hamlin Abbott's Reach
Jim Nichols Hull Creek

Book Award for Crime Fiction
Janis Bolster The Lost Daughters
Gerry Boyle Port City Black and White
Paul Doiron Trespasser

Book Award for Nonfiction
Arielle Greenberg Home/Birth: A Poemic
Maureen Stanton Killer Stuff and Tons of Money
Colin Woodard American Nations

John N. Cole Award for Maine-themed Nonfiction
Carl Little Eric Hopkins: Above and Beyond
Elizabeth Peavey Glorious Slow Going
Kathy Scott Brook Trout Forest

Book Award for Memoir
Melissa Coleman This Life is in Your Hands
Susan Conley The Foremost Good Fortune
Barbara Walsh August Gale

Book Award for Poetry
Bob Brooks Unguarded Crossing
Preston H. Hood The Hallelujah of Listening
Kristen Lindquist Transportation

Book Award for Young Adult
Gail Donovan What's Bugging Bailey Blecker?
Donn Fendler Lost Trail
Jennifer Jacobson Small As an Elephant

Book Award for Children’s
Jennifer R. Nolan The Secret of Pig Island
Judith Thyng and Jean Flahive The Galloping Horses of Willowbrook
Barbara Walsh Sammy in the Sky

Short Works Competition, Fiction
Nancy L. Brown
Sara Anne Donnelly
Lesley Heiser 

Short Works Competition, Nonfiction
Deborah Cummins
Sandell Morse
Helen Peppe

Short Works Competition, Poetry
Michele Leavitt
David Sloan
Martin Steingesser

Youth Competition, Fiction
Abbie Hinchman
Tess Hinchman
Elysia P. Roorbach

Youth Competition, Nonfiction
Kayla Finley
Mary Noyes
Derek Tannoia

Youth Competition, Poetry
Mike Caryl
Phoebe Clewley
Monica Davis

The finalists/winners of the Book Award categories Speculative Fiction, Excellence In Publishing Award, and Anthology, as well as the Short Works Competition for Drama, will be announced live.

For more information or questions about the awards, please call 207- 228-8264 or email

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