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2023 Oregon Book Awards in the News

On Monday, April 3, the 36th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony took place at Portland Center Stage at the Armory, celebrating Oregon’s incredible literary community. Host Luke Burbank kept the festivities light as last year’s recipients handed out awards to this year’s winners. A diverse blend of established names and first-time finalists took home awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama alongside fellowship recipients and legacy honorees. 

View photos from the event here.

Media coverage of the event reflected the diversity of stories and experiences. We have gathered a few of the stories in one place for you to peruse. 

Immigrant stories take center stage at 2023 Oregon Book Awards by Prakruti Bhatt (OPB)
Sindya Bhanoo, Casey Parks and Eric Tran were among the winners at this year’s book awards, Gary Miranda and Dawn Prochovnic received legacy awards.

Humor, Humility, and Humanity Won at This Year’s Oregon Book Awards by Michelle Kicherer (Willamette Week)
The event celebrated stories that increase our understanding of the world, of each other, of ourselves.

2023 Oregon Book Awards winners include a former Oregonian reporter by Lizzy Acker (The Oregonian/OregonLive)
Literary Arts announced the 2023 Oregon Book Awards winners Monday and those winners included a former Oregonian reporter, Casey Parks.

2023 Oregon Book Award Winners Announced. The victors include Washington Post reporter Casey Parks by Bennett Campbell Ferguson (Willamette Week)
The Oregon Book Awards, the annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers (in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers and drama), announced its 2023 winners at a ceremony hosted yesterday by Luke Burbank at Portland Center Stage.

Portland, Corvallis, Eugene authors among 2023 Oregon Book Awards winners by Jashayla Pettigrew (KOIN)
Nine esteemed Oregon authors won big at the 2023 Oregon Book Awards ceremony held at Portland Center Stage on Monday night.

New Literary Names Sindya Bhanoo and Casey Parks Win Big at the 2023 Oregon Book Awards by Suzette Smith (Portland Mercury)
Literary Arts presented the 2023 Oregon Book Awards at the Armory on Monday, and the results were pleasantly surprising: We saw several lesser-known names win in competition against mighty, more-established Oregon writers.

Sindya Bhanoo’s ‘Seeking Fortune Elsewhere’ wins Oregon Book Award for Fiction by Amy Leona Havin (Oregon ArtsWatch)
Dawn Babb Prochovnic received the Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award, and Gary Miranda the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, during the Literary Arts event.

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