Winning Reads: 2019 CT Book Awards Winners
April 22, 2020 • Features & News, Winning Reads

Welcome to this week’s selection of winning reads! We hope you enjoy this visit back to the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards Winners, which include:

Taking Care of Time
Cortney Davis

For poet and nurse practitioner Cortney Davis, the truth revealed through poetry is similar to what she has experienced in the heightened and urgent dramas that occur in health care–those suspended moments in which a dying heart might be revived or unbearable suffering relieved.


Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline
Andrew W. Kahrl

During the long, hot summers of the late 1960s and 1970s, one man began a campaign to open some of America’s most exclusive beaches to minorities and the urban poor. That man was anti-poverty activist and one-time presidential candidate Ned Coll of Connecticut, a state that permitted public access to a mere seven miles of its 253-mile shoreline. More…

Lifeboat 12
Susan Hood
Young Readers: Fiction

With Nazis bombing London every night, it’s time for thirteen-year-old Ken to escape. He suspects his stepmother is glad to see him go, but his dad says he’s one of the lucky ones–one of ninety boys and girls to ship out aboard the SS City of Benares to safety in Canada.

Life aboard the luxury ship is grand–nine-course meals, new friends, and a life far from the bombs, rations, and his stepmum’s glare. And after five days at sea, the ship’s officers announce that they’re out of danger.

They’re wrong.


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

Sharks are in trouble. Fifty shark species are at high risk of extinction, and another sixty-three are threatened. Discover the work of scientists and conservationists as they study shark biology and morphology; research migration, feeding, and mating patterns; delve into human, climate More…

Night Train, Night Train
Illustrator: Wendell Minor
Young Readers: Picture Book

Ride the rails of the night train in this beautifully rendered journey conducted by renowned artist Wendell Minor and frequent collaborator Robert Burleigh… More…

White Houses
Amy Bloom

Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in South Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America  More…

Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places
Christopher Wigren
The Bruce Fraser Spirit of Connecticut Award

Connecticut boasts some of the oldest and most distinctive architecture in New England, from Colonial churches and Modernist houses to refurbished nineteenth-century factories. The state’s history includes landscapes of small farmsteads, country churches, urban  More…

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