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Oregon Book Award Fiction Finalists at Springfield Public Library

Sat, April 17 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Join the five 2021 Oregon Book Award finalists for the Ken Kesey Award for a reading as part of Springfield Celebrates Authors.

Chelsea Bieker of Portland, Godshot (Catapult Press)
Genevieve Hudson of Portland, Boys of Alabama (Liveright Publishing, W.W. Norton)
Mark Savage of Portland, Fictional Film Club (Deep Overstock)
Vanessa Veselka of Portland, The Great Offshore Grounds (Alfred A. Knopf)
Lidia Yuknavitch of Milwaukie, Verge (Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House PPG)

Chelsea Bieker

Chelsea Bieker is from California’s Central Valley. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award and her fiction and essays have been published in GrantaMcSweeney’sCatapult magazine, Electric Literature, and Joyland, among others. She has been awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and holds an MFA in creative writing from Portland State University. Godshot is her first novel.

Purchase Godshot from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Genevieve Hudson

Originally from Alabama, Genevieve Hudson earned an MFA from Portland State University and has received Fulbright, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center fellowships. She is the author of Pretend We Live Here: Stories, and lives in Portland, Oregon. Boys of Alabama is her debut novel.


Purchase Boys of Alabama from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners here.

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Mark Savage

Mark Savage is an author and musician from Portsmouth, England. He lives in Portland, where he is a bookseller and co-host of the Mind-Meld. Fictional Film Club is his first novel.
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Vanessa Veselka

Vanessa Veselka is the author of the novel Zazen, which won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and The Great Offshore Grounds. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House and ZYZZYVA, and her nonfiction in GQThe AtlanticSmithsonianThe Atavist, and was included in Best American Essays and the anthology Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism. She has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex worker, a union organizer, an independent record label owner, a train hopper, a waitress, and a mother. She lives in Portland, OR. Her latest novel, The Great Offshore Grounds, was the 2021 winner of the Ken Kesey Award for fiction and was long-listed for the National Book Award.
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Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch is the nationally bestselling author of the novels The Book of JoanThe Small Backs of ChildrenDora: A Headcase, the memoir The Chronology of Water (currently being adapted for film by director Kristen Stewart) and The Misfit's Manifesto, based on her TED talk "On the Beauty of Being a Misfit," which has been viewed over 3.5 million times. Her most recent book is the story collection Verge. She is the recipient of two Oregon Book Awards and a Willamette Writers Award, and has been a finalist for the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize and the PEN Center Creative Nonfiction Award. She is the founder of the literary innovation laboratory Corporeal Writing. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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