LSU instructor Randolph Thomas’ book “Dispensations” is a finalist for the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award.

“Dispensations” is a short story collection that won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project in 2013. It is set in rural Virginia, where Thomas grew up in the 1960s and ’70s.

“These stories are about protagonists reconciling the past with the present, or coming to understand that they are irreconcilable,” Thomas writes. “Many of the conflicts in the stories deal with childhood memories, with generational conflicts and substance abuse, self-harm and self-effacement.”

Thomas, a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Radford University, serves as faculty adviser to The Delta, an undergraduate literary publication, and the New Delta Review, a graduate literary publication, both at LSU. He is a previous winner of the Silverfish Review Press George Cable Award for Poetry, the Florida Review Editors’ Award for Fiction, the John Gardner Memorial Fiction Prize and other writing awards.