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Announcing the 2022 Oregon Book Awards Winners

On April 25, 2022 during our first in-person ceremony since 2019, this year’s Oregon Book Awards winners, selected by panels of out-of-state judges, were announced. 

KEN KESEY AWARD FOR FICTION  
Omar El Akkad of West Linn, What Strange Paradise: A Novel (Alfred A. Knopf)

Judges: Alexandra Kleeman, Robin Wasserman, Charles Yu


STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY
Dao Strom of Portland, Instrument (Fonograf Editions)

Judges: Craig Morgan Teicher, Sun Yung Shin, Malcolm Tariq


AWARD FOR GRAPHIC LITERATURE
Breena Bard of Portland, Trespassers: A Graphic Novel (Graphix, Scholastic)

Judges: Nidhi Chanani, Matthew Forsythe, Michael Sheyahshe


FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR GENERAL NONFICTION
Jacob Darwin Hamblin of Corvallis, The Wretched Atom: America’s Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology (Oxford University Press)

Judges: Paula Becker, Elizabeth Rush, Julie Tate-Libby


SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION 
Allison Cobb of Portland, Plastic: An Autobiography (Nightboat Books)

Judges: Melissa Febos, John Freeman, Marie Mutsuki Mockett


LESLIE BRADSHAW AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE 
Courtney Gould of Salem, The Dead and the Dark (Wednesday Books)

Judges: Zan Romanoff, Francisco X. Stork, Shelley Tanaka


ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Jennie Englund of Ashland, Taylor Before and After (Square Fish, Macmillan)

Judges: Joseph Bruchac, Lisa Jahn-Clough, Mechal Renee Roe


SPECIAL AWARD: The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award

Cynthia Whitcomb of Wilsonville


You can find the winners’ (and all of the Oregon Book Awards finalists‘) books at Broadway Books!

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