Literary Arts is pleased to announce the finalists for the 25th Annual Oregon Book Awards. Winners will be announced at the ceremony on Monday, April 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland (128 NW Eleventh Ave). Timothy Egan will host the ceremony, which honors the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction and young readers literature. This year, for the first time, Literary Arts will also honor graphic literature. Tickets to the ceremony are available at Brown Paper Tickets.com.

*Readers’ Choice Award*: The Oregonian and Literary Arts invites you to cast your vote for your favorite book. The finalist with the most votes will be awarded the Readers’ Choice Award at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony on Monday, April 23rd, 2012! Vote at: http://www.oregonlive.com/books

PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART GRAPHIC LITERATURE AWARD

Judge:Matt Madden

Graham Annable of Portland

The Book of Grickle (Dark Horse Comics)

Aidan Koch of Portland

The Whale (Gaze Books)

Sarah Oleksyk of Portland

Ivy (Oni Press)

Greg Rucka of Portland

Stumptown (Oni Press)

Joe Sacco of Portland

Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan Books)

KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION

Judge: Phillip Lopate

Dan DeWeese of Portland

You Don’t Love This Man (Harper Perennial)

Patrick DeWitt of Portland

The Sisters Brothers (Ecco)

Brian Doyle of Portland

Mink River (Oregon State University Press)

Matthew Stadler of Portland

Chloe Jarren’s La Cucaracha (Publication Studio)

Vanessa Veselka of Portland

Zazen (Red Lemonade)

STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY

Judge: Carl Phillips

Carl Adamshick of Portland

Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press)

Geri Doran of Eugene

Sanderlings (Tupelo Press)

Emily Kendal Freyof Portland

The Grief Performance (Cleveland State University Press)

Daniel Skach-Mills of Portland

The Hut Beneath the Pine (Daniel Skach-Mills)

Ursula K. Le Guin of Portland and Roger Dorband of Astoria

Out Here (Raven Studio)

FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION

Judge: Jane Brox

Glenn Anthony May of Eugene

Sonny Montes and Mexican American Activism in Oregon (Oregon State University Press)

Kenneth J. Ruoff of Portland

Imperial Japan At Its Zenith: The Wartime Celebration of the Empire’s 2600th Anniversary (Cornell University Press)

Roger J. Porter of Portland

Bureau of Missing Persons: Writing the Secret Lives of Fathers (Cornell University Press)

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION

Judge: Madeleine Blais

George Estreich of Corvallis

The Shape of the Eye: Down Syndrome, Family, and the Stories We Inherit (Southern Methodist University Press)

Jennifer Lauck of Portland

Found (Seal Press)

Sarahlee Lawrence of Portland

River House (Tin House Books)

Marjorie Sandor of Corvallis

The Late Interiors (Arcade Publishing)

Lidia Yuknavitch of Portland

The Chronology of Water (Hawthorne Books)

ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

Judge: Linda Sue Park

Nancy Coffelt of Portland

Catch That Baby! (Simon & Schuster)

Judy Cox of Ontario

Nora and the Texas Terror (Holiday House)

Eric A. Kimmel of Portland

Medio Pollito (Marshall Cavendish)

Cynthia Rylant of Portland

Brownie and Pearl Take a Dip (Simon & Schuster)

Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego

Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii (Wendy Lamb Books)

LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

Judge: Linda Sue Park

Heather Vogel Frederick of Portland

Pies and Prejudice (Simon & Schuster)

April Henry of Portland

Girl, Stolen (Henry Holt)

Lisa Schroeder of Beaverton

The Day Before(Simon Pulse)

Jen Violi of Portland

Putting Makeup on Dead People (Hyperion)

Emily Whitman of Portland

Wildwing (Greenwillow Books)