Tune in to OPB on Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 for “The 2020 Oregon Book Awards” a special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project. The episode will be broadcast on OPB Radio (where to listen). This special, statewide broadcast will celebrate the finalists and announce the winners of the 2020 Oregon Book Awards. It will be hosted, as originally planned, by writers Omar El Akkad and Elena Passarello.
We are thrilled to be able to celebrate these awards in a way that is accessible to even more people, and grateful for our partnership with OPB, which helps bring the work of writers to tens of thousands of Oregonians year-round.
We are happy to share these excerpts, from each of the Oregon Book Awards finalists, read by the authors. Winners in each category will be announced on Oregon Public Broadcasting on Monday, June 22nd, on a special episode of the Archive Project.
KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION
Judges: Natashia Deón, Brandon Hobson, Rick Moody
STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY
Judges: Megan Fernandes, Nick Flynn, Marcus Wicker
FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
Judges: Amy Bhatt, Thor Hanson, Sophfronia Scott
SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION
Judges: Lacy M. Johnson, Nishta J. Mehra, Rob Spillman
ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Judges: Pablo Cartaya, Amy Pattee, Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
Judges: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, David Gill, Traci L. Jones
AWARD FOR GRAPHIC LITERATURE
Judges: Adrienne Celt, Jason Lutes, MariNaomi
Graphic literature finalists discuss their nominated books in the links below:
Dylan Meconis discussing Queen of the Sea will be posted soon!
These three additional special awards recognize significant contributions to Oregon’s literary culture. These individuals and organizations were nominated by community members and selected by the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory Council.
Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award Reading Results of Portland
The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award
Write Around Portland of Portland
Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award Lawson Fusao Inada of Ashland
Congratulations to all of the finalists! Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the Oregon Book Awards cannot take place in person, however finalists will be celebrated and winners will be announced on OPB radio at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22.