Professor Lysley Tenorio Hosts Oregon Book Awards

Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships supports, promotes, and celebrates Oregon’s writers and publishers.

The Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships honor the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers.

The Oregon Book Award winners will be announced at the 30th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony on Monday, April 24 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Lysley A. Tenorio, author of the story collection Monstress, will host the ceremony. Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

2017 OREGON BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS  

KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION
Judge: Nancy Zafris

Joyce Cherry Cresswell of Portland, A Great Length of Time (Mountain View Press)
Mo Daviau of Portland, Every Anxious Wave (St. Martin’s Press) 
Mary Emerick of Joseph, The Geography of Water (University of Alaska Press) 
Scott Nadelson of Salem, Between You and Me (Engine Books)
Gina Ochsner of Keizer, The Hidden Letters of Velta B. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY
Judge: Major Jackson

Danielle Cadena Deulen of Salem, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (Barrow Street Press)
Alicia Jo Rabins of Portland, Divinity School (The American Poetry Review)
Jennifer Richter of Corvallis, No Acute Distress (Crab Orchard Review & Southern Illinois University Press)
Floyd Skloot of Portland, Approaching Winter (Louisiana State University Press)
Joe Wilkins of McMinnville, When We Were Birds (University of Arkansas Press)

FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
Judge: Charlotte Gordon

Sue Armitage of Portland, Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest (OSU Press)
Tracy Daugherty of Corvallis, The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion (St. Martin’s Press)
Bill Lascher of Portland, Eve of a Hundred Midnights: The Star-Crossed Love Story of Two WWII Correspondents and Their Epic Escape Across the Pacific (William Morrow)
Kathleen Dean Moore of Corvallis, Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change (Counterpoint)
Andi Zeisler of Portland, We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl©, The Buying and Selling of a Political Movement (PublicAffairs)

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
Judge: Maggie Nelson

Carrie Brownstein of Portland, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl (Riverhead)
Martha Grover of Portland, The End of My Career (Perfect Day Publishing)
Walidah Imarisha of Portland, Angels With Dirty Faces (AK Press)

ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Judge: Mac Barnett

Kate Berube of Portland, Hannah and Sugar (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Cathy Camper of Portland, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Chronicle Books)
Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Steamboat School (Disney-Hyperion)
Kathleen Lane of Portland, The Best Worst Thing (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Cynthia Rylant of Portland, The Otter (Beach Lane Books)

LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Judge: Malinda Lo

Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Courage & Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs, and Survivors in World War II Denmark (Scholastic)
Amber J. Keyser of Bend, The Way Back from Broken (Carolrhoda LAB)
David Levine of Portland, Arabella of Mars (Tor)
Eliot Treichel of Eugene, A Series of Small Maneuvers (Ooligan Press) 

ANGUS BOWMER AWARD FOR DRAMA
Judge: Edit Villarreal

Cindy Williams Gutiérrez of Portland, Words That Burn
Sue Mach of Portland, The Yellow Wallpaper
Nancy Moss of Portland, Deception
Rich Rubin of Portland, Caesar’s Blood
Andrea Stolowitz of Portland, Berlin Diary  

SPECIAL AWARDS:

In addition to recognizing the finest achievements of Oregon authors in several genres, Literary Arts recognizes individual contributions with the Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award, Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award.

The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award
Independent Publishing Resource Center of Portland

The Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award
SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) 

The Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award
Jarold Ramsey of Madras

Date of Mention: 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017