The ceremony was last night; here are the winners, plus some extremely terse commentary from yours truly.
Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous
By Graham Salisbury
(Wendy Lamb Books)
The staggering eighth win for Lake Oswego-based Salisbury, who sets his kids’ books in his native Hawaii.
Young Adult Literature
The Theory of Everything
by Kari Luna
A whimsical story of a girl searching for truth with the help of her shaman panda, as one does.
Duel with the Devil
by Paul Collins
NPR’s “literary detective” brilliantly excavates an unsolved murder case from 1800, set against the growing pains of the nascent US government.
by Jay Ponteri
Ponteri’s bracingly honest memoir describes his infatuation with a woman who isn’t his wife.
Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite
by Barry Deutsch
Deutsch beat out heavyhitters Craig Thompson and Joe Sacco to win for the newest book in his adventure series about a scrappy 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.
The Oregon Book Award will look great next to the National Book award Szybist snagged last year.
The Unreal and The Real: Collected Stories: Volume 1 and 2
Ursula K. Le Guin
(Small Beer Press)
When Le Guin is up for awards, Le Guin wins awards. BECAUSE SHE IS URSULA K MOTHERFUCKING LE GUIN.
by Amanda Coplin
The reading, voting public gave a nod to Coplin’s sweeping novel of a Pacific Northwest town at the turn of the 20th century.