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The High Cost of Flowers Wins Midwest Book Awards

Cynthia Kraack’s latest novel The High Cost of Flowers is a winner in both theContemporary Fiction and Literary Fiction categories of the 25th Annual Midwest Book Awards presented by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association.

The High Cost of Flowers Changes Author’s Direction

After publishing four works of speculative fiction, Cynthia Kraack enters the contemporary fiction market with Calumet Edition’s release of The High Cost of Flowers.  A family saga, The High Cost of Flowers follows a family dealing with the matriarch’s declining health and dementia. The book is available on Amazon.

Leaving Ashwood Released July 1, 2014

Leaving Ashwood, the final book in the Ashwood trilogy by Cynthia Kraack, has been released by North Star Press. The speculative fiction story follows one family from the years following a global economic depression through recovery and redevelopment.

Write On, Door County! Opens

Write On, Door County!, an initiative to develop and promote the literary arts in Door County, officially opened its doors in September 2013. With original programming focused on young writers, this non-profit will gradually offer workshops, mentoring and conferences for people of all ages and skill levels. Cynthia Kraack is delighted to be a member of Write On, Door County!’s founding board, a creative group of local philanthropists, educators and community leaders. Jerod Santek, a nationally recognized expert in community writing programs, will lead Write On’s organization and development.

 Glimmer Train Honorable Mention

“The Neighbor,” a short story by Cynthia Kraack, received an Honorable Mention in the July 2013 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest.

Finalist in Mighty River Short Story Contest

January, 2013: “Garbage Boy”, a short story by Cynthia Kraack, was a finalist in the 2012 Mighty River Short Story Contest of Southeast Missouri State University Press and Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley.

Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037 nominated for Minnesota Book Awards

January 2013:  Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037 was among ten books in Genre Fiction nominated for the 25th Annual Minnesota Book Awards of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library.

Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037

Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037, the third speculative fiction novel by prize-winning author Cynthia Kraack was released by by North Start Press on June 1, 2012. Harvesting Ashwood: Minnesota 2037 builds on the tradition of Ashwood by challenging today’s status quo within the twists and turns of a spellbinding thriller. Read the press release.

2011 Hal Grutzmacher Writers’ Expose

“Painter, Painter,” a short story by Cynthia Kraack, received second place in the annual fiction contest which draws submissions from across the country.

Bemidji Library Book Festival 2011

Cynthia Kraack joined thirteen writers and poets for a week of readings and presentation in Bemidji, MN for the annual Bemidji Library Book Festival. About forty-five people attended a presentation about speculative fiction and reading from Minnesota Coldheld at the Headwaters School of Music and Arts.

Ashwood News Release

Ashwood Released by North Star Press

Cynthia Kraack’s Ashwood, the first in speculative fiction family trilogy, will be released by North Star Press of St. Cloud on September 1, 2010. Advance orders can be placed on

Ashwood explores the challenges of rebuilding the United States following a deep global economic depression through the experiences of individuals assigned to live in the federal estate system—a means for growing food for a hungry nation, providing safe housing for elite intellectual citizens and offering kids a bed, three meals a day and an education. Anne Hartford, an out-of-work teacher caught in government unemployment sweeps, arrives at Ashwood with a suitcase and two boxes containing all that remains of her former life. In weeks she is caught in a thrilling fight to save Ashwood and her own future.

First-time Author Receives Prestigious Northeastern Minnesota Book Award

Minnesota Cold by Cynthia Kraack Wins in Fiction Category

NEMBA Awards Announced

May 16, 2010–The University of Minnesota Duluth Library in collaboration with the Lake Superior Writers and Friends of the Duluth Public Library awarded the 22nd Annual NEMBA in Fiction to Minnesota Cold, written by Cynthia Kraack and published by North Star Press of St. Cloud.