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Finalists Named For 2016 Ohioana Book Awards


July 19, 2016 - UPDATE - Congratulations to local author/illustratorLoren Longfor winning the2016 Ohioana Book Awardin the Juvenile Fiction category for his bookLittle Tree!


  2016 Ohioana Book Award Finalists Announced

Literary prizes to be presented September 23 at Ohio Statehouse

Columbus, OH (June 10, 2016) —The Ohioana Library has announced the 30 finalists for the 2016 Ohioana Book Awards.

The awards, established in 1942, honor Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile Literature, and Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature. The final category, About Ohio or an Ohioan, may also include books by non-Ohio authors.

Finalists include two Pulitzer Prize winners, a two-time National Book Award winner, a National Book Critics Circle Award recipient, two winners of Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar ® Award, a five-time Coretta Scott King Literary Award winner, two Cleveland Arts Prize recipients, and ten previous Ohioana Award winners.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the awards. Winners will be announced in July, and the awards presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Friday, September 23.

The finalists are:


Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers. Roses in December. Kent State University Press, 2015.

PaulaMcLain.Circling the Sun.BallantineBooks, 2015.

BarbaraRoether.This Earth You’ll Come Back To.McPherson & Company, 2015.

Mary Doria Russell. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. Ecco, 2015.

Leah Stewart. The New Neighbor. Touchstone, 2015.


Jennifer Bowers Bahney. Stealing Sisi’s Star. McFarland & Co., 2015.

MichaelDirda.Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books. Pegasus Books, 2015.

Marilyn Greenwald.Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War.Potomac Books, 2015.

Wil Haygood. Showdown: Thurgood Marshalland the Supreme Court Nomination ThatChanged America.Knopf, 2015.

Mary Norris.Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.W.W. Norton & Company,           2015.

About Ohio or an Ohioan

William Heath.William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest. University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.

David McCullough.The Wright Brothers. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Karl Rove.TheTriumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

GloriaSteinem.My Life on the Road. Random House, 2015.

MaryStockwell.TheOther Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians.WestholmePublishing, 2015.


Nin Andrews.Why God Is a Woman. BOA Editions Ltd., 2015.

Ross Gay.Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.

Tasha Golden.Once You Had Hands. Humanist Press, 2015.

William Greenway.Selected Poems.FutureCyclePress, 2014.

JeffGundy.Abandoned Homeland: Poems. Bottom Dog Press, 2015.

Juvenile Literature

Louise Borden.Kindergarten Luck.Chronicle Books, 2015.

JeffreyEbbeler.Click!Holiday House, 2015.

Loren Long.Little Tree.PhilomelBooks, 2015.

MargaretPeot.Crow Made a Friend. Holiday House, 2015.

DavPilkey(illustrator).One Today. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature

Sharon Draper.Stella by Starlight.AtheneumBooks for Young Readers, 2015.

Mindy McGinnis.A Madness So Discreet.  KatherineTegenBooks, 2015.

ShelleyPearsall.The Seventh Most Important Thing.KnopfBooks for Young Readers, 2015.

Michael J. Rosen.The Tale of Rescue. Candlewick Press, 2015.

Kathy CannonWiechman.Like a River: A Civil War Novel.CalkinsCreek, 2015.# # # # #

The mission of the Ohioana Library, established in 1929 by First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper, is to collect, preserve, and celebrate Ohio literature and other creative endeavors. Visit the Ohioana Library at 274 E. First Avenue in Columbus, OH, or online atwww.ohioana.org.

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