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Book from UWSP’s Cornerstone Press recognized with award

Metro Wire Staff

A short story collection published by the UW-Stevens Point’s Cornerstone Press has been recognized nationally through the Independent Press Award.

The book, “Responsible Adults,” written by Patricia Ann McNair, was recognized as a Distinguished Favorite in the Short Stories category. It was published in 2020 as part of Cornerstone’s Legacy Series of short fiction books.

The Independent Press Award competition looks at works from around the world and is judged by experts in different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers, and professional copywriters.

Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence.

In the book, McNair’s stories reflect characters in Midwestern towns who are fueled by grief, desire, loss, and hope. It asks what happens when responsible adults are anything but responsible people—when they are at best, irresponsible, and at worst, dangerous.

Cornerstone Press is a student-staffed teaching press at UWSP where students get hands-on experience in editing, designing, marketing, and selling books in multiple genres.

“Having one of our titles named as a distinguished favorite by the Independent Press Award is a great and humbling honor,” said Ross Tangedal, assistant professor of English and press director and publisher, in a press release from the unviersity. “It is a testament not only to the talents of Patricia Ann McNair but also to the skills and dedication of our student staff here at the university.”

Previously, “Nothing to Lose,” Kim Suhr’s 2018 release by Cornerstone Press, was a finalist in Short Fiction at the Next Generation Indie Press Awards in 2020. That collection was also part of the Legacy Series.

For more information on the Independent Press Award, visit independentpressaward.com.

To learn more about Cornerstone Press or purchase books, visit www.uwsp.edu/cornerstone.

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