Literary Arts is pleased to announce the finalists for the 26th annual Oregon Book Awards. The winners will be announced at the 26th Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 8, 2013. Elissa Schappell will host the ceremony, which honors the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, drama, fiction, literary nonfiction and young readers literature.

READERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Literary Arts is also pleased to announce the Readers’ Choice Award, sponsored by The Oregonian. The public is invited to visit the The Oregonian’s website, beginning January 9th, and vote for their favorite book by one of this year’s Oregon Book Awards finalists. The Oregonian will tabulate the votes, and the winner of the first Readers’ Choice Award will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony.

2013 OREGON BOOK AWARDS FINALISTS

KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION
 Judge: Myla Goldberg

Brian Doyle of Portland, Bin Laden’s Bald Spot (Red Hen Press)
Ismet Prcic of Portland, Shards (Grove/Atlantic)
Carter Sickels of Portland, The Evening Hour (Bloomsbury)
Alexis Smith of Portland, Glaciers (Tin House Books)
Leni Zumas of Portland, The Listeners (Tin House Books)

STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY
Judge: Mary Jo Bang

Jean Esteve of Waldport, Off-Key (Finishing Line Press)
Toni Hanner of Eugene, Gertrude: Poems and Other Objects (Traprock Books)
Alan Peterson of Ashland, Fragile Acts (McSweeney’s)
Zachary Schomburg of Portland, Fjords Vol 1 (Black Ocean)
Carrie Seitzinger of Portland, Fall Ill Medicine (Small Doggies Press)

ANGUS L. BOWMER AWARD FOR DRAMA
Judge: Lydia Diamond

Susan Mach of Portland, A Noble Failure
Steve Patterson of Portland, Immaterial Matters
Andrea Stolowitz of Portland, Antarktikos
Rich Rubin of Portland, Costa Rehab
C.S. Whitcomb of Wilsonville, Lear’s Follies

FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
Judge: Jennifer Michael Hecht

Nicholas Buccola of McMinnville, The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty (NYU Press)
Kerry Cohen of Portland, Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity (Sourcebooks)
Scott Farris of Portland, Almost President (Lyons Press)
Steven Green of Salem, The Bible, the School, and the Constitution (Oxford University Press)
Kent Hartman of Portland, The Wrecking Crew (St. Martin’s Press)

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
Judge: Luis Rodriguez

Kerry Cohen of Portland, Seeing Ezra (Seal Press)
Storm Large of Portland, Crazy Enough (Free Press)
Aria Minu-Sepehr of Corvallis, We Heard the Heavens Then (Free Press)
Cheryl Strayed of Portland, Wild (Knopf)
Ceiridwen Terrill of Portland, Part Wild (Scribner)

ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Judge: Margarita Engle

Heather Vogel Frederick of Portland, Once Upon a Toad (Simon & Schuster)
Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Annie and Helen (Schwartz & Wade)
Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego, Calvin Coconut: Man Trip (Wendy Lamb Books)
Allen Say of Portland, Drawing From Memory (Scholastic Press)
J.H. Shapiro of Portland, Magic Trash: A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art (Charlesbridge)

LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Judge: Margarita Engle

Brian Doyle of Portland, Cat’s Foot (Corby Books)
Katie Kacvinsky of Corvallis, First Comes Love (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Ruth Tenzer Feldman of Portland, Blue Thread (Ooligan Press)

2013 OREGON LITERARY FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowships to writers and to publishers. The judges named eight writers and two publishers to receive grants of $2500.

WRITERS

Poetry
Andrea Hollander of Portland, The C. Hamilton Bailey Fellowship
Jessa Heath of Eugene, The Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship

Fiction
Gina Ochsner of Keizer, The Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship
Samuel Snoek-Brown of Portland, The Walt Morey Fellowship

Literary Nonfiction
Myrlin Hermes of Portland, The Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship
Catherine Ryan Gregory of Eugene, The Women Writers Fellowship

Drama
Eva Suter of Portland

Young Readers Literature
Patricia Bailey of Klamath Falls, The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature

PUBLISHERS

Bedouin Books of Portland
Tavern Books of Portland

The Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships are sponsored by the Oregon Arts Commission and Oregon Cultural Trust.