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


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 &


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


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


The Edna L. Holmes Fellowship in Young Readers




The Grove Review of


Octopus Books of Portland