Great Lakes Book Award Winners Announced

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The winners of the 2002 Great Lakes Book Awards were recently announced. They are:

Fiction: The Dive from Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer (Knopf)

General: Lake Effect by Rich Cohen (Knopf)

Children's Medal Winner: Fair Weather by Richard Peck (Dial Press)

Children's Honor Book: The Shoe Tree of Chagrin by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Chris Sheban (Creative Editions)

The awards will be presented Friday, September 27, during the Great Lakes Booksellers Association (GLBA) Fall Trade Show in Dearborn, Michigan. Winners will receive $500 and a special award. Winning titles are also featured in the association's holiday catalog, Books for Holiday Giving.

The Great Lakes Book Awards were established in 1995 to recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region. To be eligible for the awards, books needed to have a Great Lakes theme or setting and have been published between June 1, 2001, and May 31, 2002.

Bookstore members of GLBA will receive marketing kits in September to help them promote the winners, the other finalists, and books of the region.