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Badlands Reviewed in Montana’s State of the Arts

Montana native Thomas Biel’s collection of short stories, all set in the fictional town of Riverside, are infused with the urgency and unpredictability of adolescence. Matthew, the teenage narrator and son of a Presbyterian minister struggling with his faith, recounts coming of age in a town “that sits on the edge of the vast apron of badlands,” where he discovers that life “is lived between the smooth bones of death.”  From Montana Arts Council’s State of the Arts Newspaper, July-August

Montana has a long and proud literature and arts tradition.  The state has prided itself for its abundance of writers, which appears to be ever growing and expanding if one looks at the Montana’s State of the Arts Newspaper and its “About Books” page.

I am pleased to present this review included in this bi-monthly edition of State of the Arts.  Even though I am becoming a Wisconsinite, I will always first identify with Montana, my birth state and the place that imprinted upon me more than any other place in which I’ve landed over my lifetime.

Follow the link to read the review.  You will notice if you peruse the other reviews that Kristi Niemeyer and Judy Schafter write all the reviews.  Wow!  My hats off and sincere appreciation for their work and dedication to giving coverage and critiques to all of these writers and their books.

Here’s the link to the page in the July-August edition of Montana State of the Arts Newspaper:

Badlands Lands Indie Publishing and Book Award Recognition

The book award season for 2013 books is pretty much over now and I’m happy to announce that Badlands did quite well.  Feel free to share this post! Here is a list of recognitions, beginning with the best finishes:

Next Generation Independent Book Awards:  First Place Short Story Collection–Fiction  (Awards not posted on their site yet, but link here to their webpage:

Eric Hoffer Book Awards:  Runner Up General Fiction:

Eric Hoffer Book Award: Short list for Grand Prize:

Eric Hoffer Book Award:  Finalist for First Horizon Award:

Eric Hoffer Book Award: Finalist for the Da Vinci Eye Award for book cover and book design (Dale Beckman ( artist):

Midwest Indpendent Publishers Book Awards: Runner Up for Short Story Collection and Young Adult:

I would like to congratulate Doug Rose for winning the Midwest Independent Publisher’s Book Award for Literary Fiction. Doug is also a Bay View (Milwaukee) writer and Bolt is his first novel.

Thanks to everyone who has supported Badlands along the way, and keep it up if you can.  The book is available at and at Boswell Books in Milwaukee and hopefully at other book sellers soon.  Pass the word. Write an Amazon review. Recommend it to a friend for good summer reading!  Thanks!