2019 Connecticut Book Awards

Help us honor Connecticut’s finest authors at the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards Ceremony.

Connecticut Book Awards recognize the best books of 2019 by authors and illustrators from Connecticut or books about Connecticut. Categories include Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers.

In memory of longtime Connecticut Humanities director Bruce Fraser, starting this year the Connecticut Book Awards will include the Spirit of Connecticut Award which will recognize a book that celebrates the state’s sense of place.



Sunday, October 20, 2019

3:00-4:00 P.M. |
Connecticut Book Awards Ceremony

Keynote address by Philip Caputo, award-winning journalist, co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize, and author of many works of fiction and nonfiction.

4:00-5:30 P.M. |

Book signing with finalists, winners, and keynote speaker Philip Caputo

* Books will be available for purchase on site.


Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT

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We are delighted to have Philip Caputo as the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards keynote speaker. Mr. Caputo is an award-winning journalist – the co-winner of a Pulitzer Prize – and the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including A Rumor of War, one of the most highly praised books of the twentieth-century, and The Longest Road, a New York Times bestseller. His novels include Acts of FaithThe VoyageHorn of AfricaCrossers, and Some Rise by Sin.

His current book, Hunter’s Moon, features a cast of recurring characters weaving into and out of one another’s lives: once-a-year lovers, old high school buddies on a hunting trip, a college -professor and his wayward son, a middle-aged man and his grief-stricken father. Hunter’s Moon offers and engaging, insightful look at everyday lives and offers a fresh perspective on the way men navigate in today’s world.

He and his wife, Leslie Ware, divide their time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Patagonia, Arizona.


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