January 26th, 2011 4:00 pm | by RACHAEL DEWITT Arts & Books | Posted In: Books

Oregon Book Awards Finalists Announced

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The 2011 roster of Oregon Book Awards finalists is out and the list is long. This year's celebration of Oregon authors includes a Readers' Choice award. Vote for what you think is the worthiest work here. The ceremony to honor our best scribblers takes place April 25 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

Tickets are on sale now and likely to sell out in a flash.

Read 'em and weep. (WW's long been fascinated by Richmond Fontaine frontman and scribe Willy Vlautin--we even excerpted his last book--so you know who we're rooting for to win the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction.)

Ken Kesey Award For Fiction

Judge: Lydia Millet

Emily Chenoweth of Portland

Hello Goodbye (Random House)

K.B. Dixon of Portland

A Painter's Life (Inkwater Press)

Jane Kirkpatrick of Moro

A Flickering Light (WaterBrook Press)

Scott Sadil of Hood River

Lost in Wyoming (Barclay Creek Press)

Willy Vlautin of Portland

Lean on Pete (Harper Perennial)


Stafford/Hall Award For Poetry

Judge: Robert Pinsky

David Biespiel of Portland

The Book of Men and Women (University of Washington Press)

Donna Henderson of Monmouth

The Eddy Fence (Airlie Press)

Henry Hughes of Falls City

Moist Meridian (Mammoth Books)

Jennifer Richter of Corvallis

Threshold (Southern Illinois University Press)

Zachary Schomburg of Portland

Scary No Scary (Black Ocean)


Frances Fuller Victor Award For General Nonfiction

Judge: Greg Grandin

Paul Collins of Portland

The Book of William (Bloomsbury)

Tom Krattenmaker of Portland

Onward Christian Athletes (Bowman & Littlefield)

Barry Sanders of Portland

Unsuspecting Souls (Counterpoint Press)

Barry Sanders of Portland

The Green Zone (AK Press)

Paul VanDevelder of Corvallis

Savages and Scoundrels (Yale University Press)


Sarah Winnemucca Award For Creative Nonfiction

Judge: Kyoko Mori

Carol Ann Bassett of Eugene

Galapagos at the Crossroads (National Geographic)

Tom Bissel of Portland

Extra Lives (Pantheon Books)

John Daniel of Elmira

 The Far Corner (Counterpoint Press)

Lisa Ohlen Harris of Newberg

Through the Veil (Canon Press)

Kathleen Dean Moore of Corvallis

Wild Comfort (Trumpeter Books)

Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award For Children's Literature

Judge: Kathi Appelt

Dale E. Basye of Portland 

Rapacia:The Second Circle of Heck (Random House)

Dawn Babb Prochovnic of Portland

 The Nest Where I Like to Rest (Magic Wagon)

Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego

Calvin Coconut:  The Zippy Fix  (Wendy Lamb Books)

Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen of Hines

 A Small Brown Dog A With Wet Pink Nose (Little Brown and Company)

Barbara Kerley of Portland

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (Scholastic Press)

Leslie Bradshaw Award For Young Adult Literature

Judge: Kathi Appelt

Scott William Carter of Salem 

The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys (Simon and Schuster)

Kerry Cohen Hoffman of Portland 

It's Not You, It's Me (Random House)

Anne Osterlund of Ione  

Academy 7 (Penguin Group)

L.K. Madigan of Portland  

Flash Burnout (Houghton Mifflin)

Emily Whitman of Portland 

Radiant Darkness (Greenwillow/Harper Collins)

Angus L. Bowmer Award For Drama

Judge: Paula Cizmar

Marc Acito of Portland & C.S. Whitcomb of Wilsonville 


Wayne Harrel of Portland 

Second Bloom

Susan Mach of Portland 

The Lost Boy

George Taylor of Beaverton

Good Citizen

Molly Best Tinsley of Ashland

Glacial Genes

Oregon Literary Fellowships



Jennifer Richter of Corvallis

C.Hamilton Bailey Fellowship

Crystal Williams of Portland 

Oregon Poetry Community Fellowship

Michelle Penaloza of Eugene

Women Writers' Fellowship


Brenden Willey of Portland

The Walt Morey Fellowship


Literary Nonfiction

Gretchen Icenogle of Portland

The Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship

Michael McGregor of Portland

The Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship



Claire Willett of Portland


Young Readers Literature

Barbara Liles of Portland

The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers Literature



The Grove Review of Portland

Octopus Books of Portland

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