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Lauri Anderson's "Mosquito Conversations" is Award Finalist
"Mosquito Conversations: More Stories from the Upper Peninsula," published in June 2009 by North Star Press of St. Cloud, Minn., is one of six finalists for the Maria Thomas Fiction Award, which is awarded annually by PeaceCorpsWriters.org The award winners will be announced in July 2010.
The Maria Thomas Fiction Award is named for the novelist Maria Thomas, a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia from 1971 to 1973. Thomas was the author of a well-reviewed novel and two collections of short stories, all set in Africa. She died in August 1989 while working in Ethiopia for a relief agency, losing her life in the plane crash that also killed Congressman Mickey Leland of Texas.
The goal of PeaceCorpsWriters.org (formerly Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Writers & Readers) is to encourage, recognize and promote Peace Corps writers. The organization presented its first annual awards for outstanding writing in 1990.
Anderson was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nigeria from 1965 to 1967.
Other novels and short story collections by Anderson include: "Hunting Hemingway's Trout (NY: Atheneum, 1990); "Heikki Heikkinen: And Other Stories of Upper Peninsula Finns" (North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., 1995); "Children of the Kalevala: Contemporary Finns Relive the Timeless Tales of Kalevala," (North Star Press, 1997; "Misery Bay and Other Stories from Michigan's Upper Peninsula," (North Star Press, 2002; "Impressions of Arvo Laurila," (North Star Press, 2005; and "Back to Misery Bay," (North Star Press, 2007).
For additional information, contact Lauri Anderson at 906-487-7282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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