Saturday, September 21, 2019

CT Book Award Finalists And That Other Award Long List Announced

The Connecticut Book Award Finalists for 2019 have been announced. The nominees for Young Readers Fiction, Nonfiction, and Picture Book are


The History of Jane Doe – Michael Belanger
The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle – Leslie Connor

The Rhino in Right Field – Stacy DeKeyser
Lifeboat 12 – Susan Hood
Young Readers – Nonfiction
Shark Quest: Protecting the Ocean’s Top Predators – Karen Romano Young

Young Readers – Picture Book
I’m Sad – Michael Black, Author
Night Train, Night Train – Wendell Minor, Illustrator

I'm having trouble finding information about when the winners will be announced.  Also, does it look to anyone else as if it will be a major upset if Karen Romano Young doesn't get the award for nonfiction?

UPDATE: I've got the winner announcement info! The ceremony is on October 20 at the Hartford Public Library at 3pm. Philip Caputo, co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of A Rumor of War, is the keynote speaker. A reception will follow with a book signing for finalists, as well as winners, and books will be available for purchase. This event is open to the public. Registration is requested and there is a registration fee. Which is, I believe, half of what it was years ago when I was a finalist. Good news!

That Other Award

The New Yorker has the list of 2019 National Book Awards finalists for young people's literature. I believe this list will become shorter before a winner is selected. But you know me. My knowledge of book awards isn't all that great.

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