2018 Connecticut Book Awards Registration is Open!

There were soooo many great books submitted this year. You won’t want to miss being at the 2018 Connecticut Book Awards to celebrate with the winners when they are announced! Okey Ndibe, the 2017 Connecticut Book Award Winner for non-fiction will be our keynote speaker. If you attended last year you may recall his gracious acceptance speech. If you didn’t attend, here’s your opportunity to listen to him in full flow.

Tickets are just $20.00 until 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2018 and $25.00 after that. Tickets will be $30.00 at the door.

About the Keynote Speaker

Okey Ndibe first came to the US to act as founding editor of African Commentary, a magazine published by Chinua Achebe. He has taught at Brown University, Connecticut College, Simon’s Rock College, Trinity College, and the University of Lagos (as a Fulbright scholar). He is the author of two novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods, Inc., and his award-winning journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Hartford Courant. Mr. Ndibe lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with his wife, Sheri, and their three children.


When: October 14, 2018
Awards Ceremony: 2:00-3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.)
Reception and book signings with Okey Ndibe and Connecticut Book Award finalists and winners: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: Staples High School, 70 North Road, Westport, CT

Books will be available for sale at the reception.

Connecticut Center for the Book is very pleased to pay tribute to Connecticut’s literary community with the 2018 Connecticut Book Awards. The awards recognize and honor books with specific ties to our state: the author or illustrator must be native-born or have been a legal resident of Connecticut for at least three years, or the book must have a Connecticut setting to be considered.



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