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Waupaca writer named BBA finalist

Stories feature science fiction, horror

“Finding the Bones: A Novella and Stories,” by Nikki Kallio of Waupaca was selected as a finalist in the 20th annual Best Book Awards (BBA) category for outstanding story collection from 2021–23.

Kallio’s stories offer unique explorations of traditional genres such as ghost stories, gothic tales, space travel, dystopian futures and solar-induced madness.

“Fighting the Bones” was published in January 2023 by Cornerstone Press.

Kallio, who began writing as a child, earned a master of fine arts degree from Goddard College before launching a career as a writer, journalist, editor and creative writing instructor.

“I like moody settings and the liminal space between literary and genre fiction,: Kallio wrote on her website. “I love the conjuring process of writing, the magic of watching a story spin from just a few simple words or phrases, and I’m enchanted by how stories manifest for each writer.”

“Sometimes Creek,” by Steve Fox of Hudson, won first place in the short story collection category.

Sponsored by the American Book Fest, the BBA recognizes mainstream, indie and self-published titles in more than 100 categories.

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