2019 CT Book Awards Finalists
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Connecticut Center for the Book is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards. The awards recognize and honor authors and illustrators who have created the best books in or about our state in the past year.

Between three and five finalists have been selected in each of five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Books for Young Readers (broken into three subcategories: Picture Books, Fiction and Nonfiction). Five judges per category read each entry and reviewed works using rigorous criteria. A total of 113 books were submitted this year. The finalists are listed below.

Nonfiction

The Long Journeys Home – Nick Bellantoni
Mark Twain Among the Indians – Kerry Driscoll
Walls: A History of Civilization – David Frye
Free the Beaches – Andrew Kahrl

Poetry

Taking Care of Time – Cortney Davis
Somerset – Daniel Donaghy
Augur – Jonathan Andersen

Fiction

White Houses – Amy Bloom
The General’s Cook – Ramin Ganeshram
The Astronaut’s Son – Tom Seigel
Tiffany Blues – M. J. Rose

Young Readers

Fiction

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle – Leslie Connor
The Rhino in Right Field – Stacy DeKeyser
Lifeboat 12 – Susan Hood

Nonfiction

Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean’s Top Predators – Karen Romano Young

Picture Book

I’m Sad – Michael Black, Author
Night Train, Night Train – Wendell Minor, Illustrator

Spirit of Connecticut

Nonfiction

Venture Smith – Chandler B. Saint
Connecticut Architecture, Stories of 100 Places – Christopher Wigren

Fiction

Still Life with Monkey – Katharine Weber

Young Readers

The History of Jane Doe – Michael Belanger

Poetry

None submitted.

 

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