Church Booty by UIS graduate Carol Manley is among 2008's Best Books (fiction) as chosen by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Church Booty, published by Livingston Press, is a collection of short stories about the congregation of a small-town black church. Reviewers who compiled the list, which appeared in the December 7, 2008, STL Today, hailed Manley as a "powerful new voice in fiction."
Manley earned the master's degree in English from UIS in December 2003 and has received a number of awards, including Friends of Lincoln Library Writer of the Year for poetry (1995) and an Illinois Arts Council fellowship (2006).
Download a pdf file (Church Booty is 21st on the list)
See a video of Manley's on-campus booksigning session last June