Author Wins Midwest Independent Publishing Association Book Award

Norwood Young America author Mike Lein won a Minnesota Independent Publishing Association Book Award for Firewood Happens – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Minnesota’s Northwoods. His book won in the Humor Category.

Firewood Happenswas published by The Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Inc. of Menahga, Minnesota. The Jackpine Writers Bloc was started in 1993 as both a writers’ group and non-profit publisher. Since 1995, they have published a yearly anthology of Minnesota writing titled The Talking Stick.

The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA) recognized the winners of the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards on May 12, 2017, in St. Paul, MN. This year’s awards attracted 192 titles for a total of 297 entries in 30 categories. All books were entered by publishers from MIPA’s 12-state Midwestern region.

Firewood Happens is a collection of 30 creative non-fiction short stories chronicling life at Lein’s cabin in northern Minnesota. In these stories he collects firewood, catches a few fish, and hangs around with his Labrador retrievers while building his rustic cabin and interacting with friends, relatives, and neighbors.

Firewood Happens is available locally directly from the author or it can also be ordered from most book stores and Amazon.

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Firewood Happens is available on Amazon: HERE