Finalists Named For 2016 Ohioana Book Awards

Jun 24, 2016

July 19, 2016 - UPDATE - Congratulations to local author/illustrator Loren Long for winning the 2016 Ohioana Book Award in the Juvenile Fiction category for his book Little Tree!


  2016 Ohioana Book Award Finalists Announced

Literary prizes to be presented September 23 at Ohio Statehouse

Columbus, OH (June 10, 2016) —The Ohioana Library has announced the 30 finalists for the 2016 Ohioana Book Awards.

The awards, established in 1942, honor Ohio authors in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Juvenile Literature, and Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature. The final category, About Ohio or an Ohioan, may also include books by non-Ohio authors.

Finalists include two Pulitzer Prize winners, a two-time National Book Award winner, a National Book Critics Circle Award recipient, two winners of Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar ® Award, a five-time Coretta Scott King Literary Award winner, two Cleveland Arts Prize recipients, and ten previous Ohioana Award winners.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the awards. Winners will be announced in July, and the awards presented at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Friday, September 23.

The finalists are:


Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers. Roses in December. Kent State University Press, 2015.

Paula McLain. Circling the Sun. Ballantine Books, 2015.

Barbara Roether. This Earth You’ll Come Back To. McPherson & Company, 2015.

Mary Doria Russell. Epitaph: A Novel of the O.K. Corral. Ecco, 2015.

Leah Stewart. The New Neighbor. Touchstone, 2015.


Jennifer Bowers Bahney. Stealing Sisi’s Star. McFarland & Co., 2015.

Michael Dirda. Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books. Pegasus Books, 2015.

Marilyn Greenwald. Pauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War. Potomac Books, 2015.

Wil Haygood. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America. Knopf, 2015.

Mary Norris. Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen. W.W. Norton & Company,           2015.

About Ohio or an Ohioan

William Heath. William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest. University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.

David McCullough. The Wright Brothers. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Karl Rove. The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters. Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Gloria Steinem. My Life on the Road. Random House, 2015.

Mary Stockwell. The Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians. Westholme Publishing, 2015.


Nin Andrews. Why God Is a Woman. BOA Editions Ltd., 2015.

Ross Gay. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.

Tasha Golden. Once You Had Hands. Humanist Press, 2015.

William Greenway. Selected Poems. FutureCycle Press, 2014.

Jeff Gundy. Abandoned Homeland: Poems. Bottom Dog Press, 2015.

Juvenile Literature

Louise Borden. Kindergarten Luck. Chronicle Books, 2015.

Jeffrey Ebbeler. Click! Holiday House, 2015.

Loren Long. Little Tree. Philomel Books, 2015.

Margaret Peot. Crow Made a Friend. Holiday House, 2015.

Dav Pilkey (illustrator). One Today. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature

Sharon Draper. Stella by Starlight. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Mindy McGinnis. A Madness So Discreet.  Katherine Tegen Books, 2015.

Shelley Pearsall. The Seventh Most Important Thing. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Michael J. Rosen. The Tale of Rescue. Candlewick Press, 2015.

Kathy Cannon Wiechman. Like a River: A Civil War Novel. Calkins Creek, 2015.

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