Children's Literature

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

(Philomel Books)

A whimsical story of a girl searching for truth with the help of her shaman panda.


Duel with the Devil 

by Paul Collins

(Crown Publishing)

NPR's "literary detective" brilliantly excavates an unsolved murder case from 1800, set against the growing pains of the nascent US government.

Creative Nonfiction


by Jay Ponteri

(Hawthorne Books)

Ponteri's bracingly honest memoir describes his infatuation with a woman who isn't his wife.

Graphic Literature

Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite

by Barry Deutsch

(Amulet Books)

Deutsch beat out heavyhitters Craig Thompson and Joe Sacco, with the newest book in his adventure series about a scrappy 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.



by Mary Szybist

(Graywolf Press)

The Oregon Book Award will look great next to the National Book Award that Szybist snagged last year.


The Unreal and the Real: Collected Stories: Volume 1 and 2 

by Ursula K. Le Guin

(Small Beer Press)

When Le Guin is up for awards, Le Guin wins awards.

Readers' Choice

The Orchardist 

by Amanda Coplin

(Harper Perennial)

The reading, voting public gave a nod to Coplin's sweeping novel of a Pacific Northwest town at the turn of the 20th century.