All 2018 Finalists

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  • Albee, Sarah

    Sarah Albee has written numerous nonfiction children’s books, including Why’d They Wear That? Fashion as the Mirror of History; Bugged: How Insects Changed History; and Poop Happened! A History of the World from the Bottom Up. Before Sarah began her career as a children’s book writer and editor, she was Read more [...]

  • Baratz-Logsted, Lauren

    Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of over 30 books for adults, teens and children, including the popular series for young readers, The Sisters 8, which she created with her husband and daughter. She still remembers watching the astronauts walk on the moon.

  • Denfeld, Rene

    Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, Mitigation Specialist, and fact Investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a published author of five books including The Enchanted, The New Victorians: A Young Woman’s Challenge Read more [...]

  • Dickinson, Duo

    DUO DICKINSON is a noted Connecticut architect who has built more than five hundred projects in a dozen states. He is recognized as a maverick within the profession and is the author of several books on residential design.  

  • Fabiaschi, Abby

    Abby Fabiaschi is a human rights advocate and co-founder of Empower Her Network, a nonprofit that paves a path for survivors of human trafficking with a will for independence. In 2012, Abby resigned from her executive post in high tech to pursue a career in writing. I Liked My Life Read more [...]

  • Freedman, Deborah

    Deborah Freedman was an architect once, but now she builds houses and worlds in picture books for children. She lives in Connecticut, in a colorful house near woods, a muddy river, and a large rock ridge. You can learn more about Deborah and her books—including Blue Chicken; The Story of Read more [...]

  • Gonzalez, Jose B.

    José B. González is the author of When Love Was Reels and the International Latino Book Award Finalist, Toys Made of Rock. He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and immigrated to New London, Connecticut at the age of eight. He knew no English and now holds a Ph.D. Read more [...]

  • Green, Jane

    A former journalist in the U.K. and a graduate of the International Culinary Center in New York, Jane Green has written many novels (including Jemima J, The Beach House, and, most recently, Falling), most of which have been New York Times bestsellers, and one cookbook, Good Taste. Her novels are Read more [...]

  • Hays, David

    David Hays has taught at New York University, Columbia, Boston University, and Harvard. He then directed the National Theatre of the Deaf for thirty years. He is the author of “Today I Am a Boy” and coauthor with his son, Daniel, of the New York Times bestseller “My Old Man Read more [...]

  • Maum, Courtney

    Courtney Maum is the author of the novels Touch and I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You and the chapbook “Notes from Mexico.” She has been published in outlets such as the New York Times, Tin House, O the Oprah Magazine, and BuzzFeed, and has worked as a Read more [...]

  • Priebe, Gigi

    Gigi Priebe is the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers and its sequel, The Long Way Home. Published by Simon & Schuster, these early middle grade books appeal to boys and girls ages 6 – 10. With a background in early childhood education, Gigi has spent most of her adult life focused on Read more [...]

  • Rafferty, Charles

    Charles Rafferty has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. His eleventh book of poetry is Diminution (Paper Nautilus Press). His collection of short fiction, Saturday Night at Magellan’s, was published by Fomite Press. His collection of prose poems — Read more [...]

  • Scott, James C.

    James Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and co‑director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has held grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Read more [...]

  • Surowiecki, John

    John Surowiecki grew up in Meriden, Connecticut. His parents were factory workers and, later, bartenders (his father claimed to have served Judy Garland). He attended the University of Connecticut and received his BA and MA there (alas, he is a doctoral dropout). He has worked as a teacher, editor, journalist, Read more [...]

  • Wisnewski, Andrea

    Andrea Wisnewski is the creator of A Cottage Garden Alphabet (Godine, 2003) and Little Red Riding Hood (Godine, 2016), as well as a regular contributor to Cricket and other children’s magazines. She and her husband live in Connecticut where they operate Running Rabbit Press, which specializes in illustration, printing, and Read more [...]

  • Young, Karen Romano

    Karen Romano Young is the author of nearly 30 books for young people, including novels, graphic novels, nonfiction, and graphic nonfiction, some of which she also illustrated. She is the creator of the science comics Humanimal Doodles and #AntarcticLog and a science communications consultant who frequently goes into the field Read more [...]

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