Connecticut Book Award Winners 2002-2011

2002

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  None listed
  • Fiction:  Kate Walbert for “Garden of Kyoto”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Char Miller for “Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism”
  • Non-fiction:  Cortney Davis for “I Knew a Woman” and Michael Pollan for “Botany of Desire” – two awards given
  • Poetry:  Marilyn Nelson for “Carver:  A Life in Poems”
  • Children’s Author:  Marilyn Nelson for “Carver:  A Life in Poems”
  • Design: Helen Robinson for “Carver:  A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson”

2003

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  Rennie McQuilkin
  • Fiction:  Stewart O’Nan for “Wish You Were Here”
  • Memoir/Biograph:  Bob Smith for “Hamlet’s Dresser”
  • Non-fiction:  Robert Thorson for “Stone by Stone”
  • Poetry:  Vivian Shipley for “When There Is No Shore”
  • Children’s Author:  Bruce Clements for “A Chapel of Thieves”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  David A. Johnson for “Abraham Lincoln” by Amy Cohn and Suzy Schmidt
  • Design:  Jessica Helfand for “Reinventing the Wheel”

2004

  • Lifetime achievement award:  Wally Lamb
  • Fiction:  Stewart O’Nan for “Night Country”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Colin McEnroe for “My Father’s Footprints”
  • Nonfiction:  Christopher Bickford and Howard R. Lamar for “Voices of the New Republic”
  • Poetry: Susan Howe for “The Midnight”
  • Children’s Author:  Pegi Deitz Shea for “Tangled Threads”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  Wendell Minor for “Into the Woods”
  • Design:  Robin Price for “Language of Her Body”

2005

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community: Vivian Shipley
  • Fiction:  Peter Duval for “Rear View”
  • Memoir:  Charles Slack for “Hetty:  The Genius and Madness of America’s First Female Tycoon”
  • Non-fiction:  James Gustave Speth for “Red Sky at Morning:  America and the Crisis of the Global Environment”
  • Poetry:  Sophie Cabot Black for “The Descent”
  • Children’s Author:  Leslie Connor for “Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  Etienne Delessert for “Who Killed Cock Robin?”
  • Design:  William Drenttel and Don Whelan for “Lasting Impressons:  The Grolier Club Library”

2006

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  Marilyn Nelson
  • Fiction:  Alice Mattison for “In Case We’re Separated”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Roya Hakakian for “Journey from the Land of No:  A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran”
  • Non-fiction:  Robert Farris Thompson for “Tango:  The Art History of Love”
  • Poetry:  Gabrielle Calvocoressi for “The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart”
  • Children’s Author:  Philip Caputo for “10,000 Days of Thunder:  A History of the Vietnam War”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  Nancy Elizabeth Wallace for “Alphabet House”
  • Design:  George Kokkinidis with Alexander Isley Inc. for “The Works:  Anatomy of a City”

2007

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  Morton Schindel
  • Fiction:  Katharine Weber for “Triangle”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Denis R. Caron for “A Century in Captivity:  The Life and Trials of Prince Mortimer, a Connecticut Slave”
  • Non-fiction:  David Brion Davis for “Inhuman Bondage:  The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World”
  • Poetry:  None listed
  • Children’s Author:  Lane Smith for “John, Paul, George & Ben”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  Barbara McClintock for “Adele and Simon”
  • Design: Wendell Minor for “Rossiter:  Country Houses of Washington, Connecticut”

2008

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  Suzy Staubach
  • Fiction:  Philip Roth for “Exit Ghost”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Wally Lamb for “I’ll Fly Away”
  • Non-fiction:  David W. Blight for “Slave No More”
  • Poetry:  Margaret Gibson for “One Body”
  • Children’s Author:  Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson for “Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  Wendell Minor for “Sitting Bull Remembers”
  • Design:  Howard Gralia for “Drawn to Enchant”

2009

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  Bessy Reyna
  • Fiction:  Stewart O’Nan for “Songs for the Missing”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Steve Courtney for “Joseph Hopkins Twichell:  The Life and Times of Mark Twain’s Closest Friend”
  • Non-fiction:  Jonathan Stevenson for “Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable:  Harnessing Doom from the Cold War to the Age of Terror”
  • Poetry:  Dick Allen for “Present Vanishing”
  • Children’s Author:  Leslie Connor for “Waiting for Normal”
  • Children’s Illustrator: Bill Thompson for “Baseball Hour”
  • Design:  Jessica Helfand for “Scrapbooks:  An American History”

2010

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community:  Lary Bloom
  • Fiction:  Todd Johnson for “The Sweet By and By”
  • Memoir/Biography:  Susan Campbell for “Dating Jesus:  A Story of Fundamentalism, Feminism, and the American Girl”
  • Non-fiction:  John Wargo for “Green Intelligence:  Creating Environments That Protect Human Health”
  • Poetry:  Rennie McQuilkin for “The Weathering”
  • Children’s Author:  Pegi Deitz Shea for “Noah Webster:  Weaver of Words”
  • Children’s Illustrator:  Matt Collins for “A Picture Book of Harry Houdini”
  • Design:  Howard L. Gralla for “The Architecture of the Yale Center for British Art”

2011

  • Lifetime Achievement for Service to the Literary Community: Roxanne J. Coady and Kat Lyons – two awards were given
  • Fiction:  Michael C. White for “Beautiful Assassin”
  • Memoir:  Mark Oppenheimer for “Wisenheimer:  A Childhood Subject to Debate” and Andrew J. Hoffman for “Builder’s Apprentice:  A Memoir” –  two awards were given
  • Non-fiction: Susan P. Shoelwer (and Connecticut Historical Society Staff) for “Connecticut Needlework:  Women, Art and Family, 1740-1840”
  • Poetry: Elizabeth Alexander for “Crave Radiance:  New and Selected Poems 1990-2010”
  • Children’s Author: Karen Romano Young for “Doodle Bug:  A Novel in Doodles”
  • Children’s Illustrator: Bill Thomson for “Chalk” and Andrea Wisnewski for “The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane” – two awards were given
  • Design:  None listed