Chicago Author Named a Finalist  in the 27th Annual Midwest Book Awards


Winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala to be held on May 12, 2017, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The competition, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA), is judged by experts from all aspects of the book world, including publishers, writers, editors, librarians, teachers and book designers. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence. This year’s awards, all books published in 2016 by Midwest publishers, attracted 192 titles for a total of 297 entries in 30 categories.

 In My Sister’s Mother Urbikas recounts her mother’s arrest in Poland, the grueling journey to Siberia with her young daughter Mira, the hunger and sickness that attended their life in the camps, and their refuge in Persia, India, England, and finally the United States. Interweaved with her mother’s and sister’s memories of their past are the author’s own experiences—less dramatic, to be sure, but also requiring reservoirs of inner strength. 

“It is thrilling to see so many talented authors and publishers of high quality books in the Midwest,” said Midwest Book Awards Chair Sherry Roberts. “I look forward to the Gala, where we will be recognizing the achievements of all the finalists and winners as well as celebrating the strength and vitality of independent publishing in the Midwest.”

About MIPA 
Midwest Independent Publishing Association serves the upper Midwest publishing community to promote excellence in publishing in the Midwest. Through educational programming and other cooperative efforts, MIPA helps members learn more about publishing and book production, promotion and marketing. MIPA also provides networking opportunities for publishers, both new and experienced, to learn from each other. MIPA serves a 12-state region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information please visit: .

My Sister’s Mother is available at,, local bookstores, Amazon, or other retail outlets.