The party’s over!

This year’s Connecticut Book Awards are over but we want to thank the Hartford Public Library for being such a generous host, our emcee Ann Nyberg for being a consummate professional, our keynote speaker Philip Caputo for making us thoughtful, our guests for their support, our finalists for being so very gracious and our winners for their enthusiasm.


Winners of the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards


Cortney Davis, Taking Care of Time | Wheelbarrow Press


Andrew Kahrl, Free the Beaches | Yale University Press

Young Readers: Fiction

Susan Hood, Lifeboat 12 | Simon & Schuster

Young Readers: Nonfiction

Karen Romano Young, Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean’s Top Predators | Lerner Publishing Group

Young Readers: Picture Book

Wendell Minor, Night Train, Night Train | Charlesbridge Publishing


Amy Bloom, White Houses | Random House

The Bruce Fraser Spirit of Connecticut Award

Christopher Wigren, Connecticut Architecture, Stories of 100 Places | Wesleyan University Press

Thank you!

Thank you to our sponsors and patrons for supporting the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards. We appreciate your generosity.




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