Press Release – Reclaiming Mni Sota named a finalist for the 34th annual Midwest Book Awards

Press Release – Reclaiming Mni Sota named a finalist for the 34th annual Midwest Book Awards


Contact: Colin Mustful

Colin Mustful honored as Midwest Book Awards finalist for novel that provides a creative reimagining of the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862

Minneapolis, MN – May 3, 2024 – Author Colin Mustful was recognized in the category of Fiction – Literary/Contemporary/Historical in the 34th annual Midwest Book Awards.

Told as a dual narrative between the perspectives of Waabi, an Ojibwe boy, and Samuel, a white settler-colonialist, Reclaiming Mni Sota challenges our perspectives of history by asking readers: What if the defeated became the victors? What would that mean for the world today and how would that illuminate the wrongs of the past? Reclaiming Mni Sota is Mustful’s fifth novel and his first alternate history. It was published by his own independent literary press, History Through Fiction. A graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mustful first began studying and writing about the U.S. – Dakota War after visiting Reconciliation Park, a memorial acknowledging the tragic hanging of thirty-eight Dakota men there on December 26, 1862. Through his historical narratives, Mustful confronts America’s history of settler-colonialism while illuminating the personal stories and heartrending choices that men and women, white and Native, were forced to make.

Gold winners will be announced in person at the Midwest Book Awards gala held on June 22, 2024 at the Mall of America in Minneapolis. Mustful’s novel is being recognized alongside Up There by Sherry Roberts (Osmyrrah Publishing) and Power & Light by Will Weaver (Calumet Editions).  

The Midwest Book Awards are presented by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent publishers in the Midwest. The awards are open to all books published in the Midwest in the previous year. 

MiPA founders organized the first Midwest Book Awards in 1989, and today the Midwest Book Awards is one of the longest running literary recognition programs in the country. Judges for the prestigious literary program are booksellers, university staff, and librarians who are subject matter experts and collectively hail from each of MiPA’s twelve states. 

View all finalists at https://mipa.org/midwest-book-awards/2024-finalists/

The June 22, 2024 event is open to the public. Find out more at www.mipa.org/bookawards.


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