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2020 Oregon Book Awards

Mon, Jun 22, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm PDT
OPB Radio

A special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project


Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we will not be hosting our 33rd Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at Portland Center Stage at The Armory on June 22. However, we are excited to announce that the Oregon Book Awards will take place in a different format.

“The 2020 Oregon Book Awards”
a special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project

Monday, June 22, 2020
7:00 to 7:30 p.m.
OPB Radio (where to listen)


This year’s finalists are listed here


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.


Buy the finalists books from Broadway Books!


Help #SupportWriters by making a gift to the Brian Booth Writers’ Fund.


Special thanks to our event sponsors:


Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantánamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. His most recent work is American War, for which he won the Oregon Book Award for Fiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online at omarelakkad.com.
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Elena Passarello

Elena Passarello is an actor, essayist, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Paris Review, and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2018, and has been translated into German, Italian, French, and Mandarin. She is the author of the essay collections Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses, the latter of which won the 2018 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction and made the Best Books of 2017 lists in the New York Times, Guardian, and Publisher's Weekly. Passarello teaches creative writing at Oregon State University and appears weekly on the nationally-syndicated PRI radio variety show LiveWire!.
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