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The Connecticut Book Awards are administered by the Connecticut Center for the Book whose mission it is to celebrate books, writers and readers who engender and sustain the life of the imagination and to highlight authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, and the literary heritage of the State of Connecticut to celebrate books, writers and readers who engender and sustain the life of the imagination and to highlight authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, and the literary heritage of the State of Connecticut. The Center is located at Hartford Public Library.

The Author/illustrator/designer must have resided in Connecticut for at least three years or have been born in the state. Alternatively, the work may be set in Connecticut. Finalists are announced in August and the winners in September.

Awards given in the following categories Biography or Memoir- Children’s Literature, Author - Children’s Literature, Illustrator- Design:Cover only or Entire book - Fiction - Nonfiction - Poetry

Also of interest. Connecticut Nutmegs Children's Award

2009 Connecticut Book Award Winners

Biography & Memoir
Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain's Closest Friend
Written by Steve Courtney (The University of Georgia Press)

Children's Author
Waiting for Normal
Written by Leslie Connor (Katherine Tegen Books: HarperCollins Publishers)

Children's Illustrator
Baseball Hour
Illustrated by Bill Thomson (Marshall Cavendish Children)

Design
Scrapbooks: An American History
Designed by Jessica Helfand (Yale University Press)

Fiction
Songs for the Missing
Written by Stewart O'Nan (Viking)

Nonfiction
Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable: Harnessing Doom from the Cold War to the Age of Terror
Written by Jonathan Stevenson (Viking)

Poetry
Present Vanishing
Written by Dick Allen (Sarabande Books)

Selection of Previous Connecticut Book Award Winners

Year: 2008 |  2007 |  2006 |   2005 |  2004  | 2003 |  2002 - Note: Winners in bold

2008

Biography or Memoir

House of Good Hope
University of Nebraska Press  
Written by Michael Downs     

I’ll Fly Away
HarperCollins  
Edited by Wally Lamb     

The 17 Traditions
HarperCollins
Written by Ralph Nader

Children’s Author

The Day My Mother Left
Simon & Schuster
Written by James Prosek

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color
Wordsong: Boyds Mills Press
Written by Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson

Scribble
Alfred A. Knopf: Random House
Written by Deborah Freedman

The Tale of Pip & Squeak
Dutton Children’s Books: Penguin Group
Written by Kate Duke

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Written by Elise Broach

Children’s Illustrator

The Busy Little Squirrel
Simon & Schuster
Illustrated by Nancy Tafuri

Hey Batta Batta Swing!
Simon & Schuster
Illustrated by Ross MacDonald

Sitting Bull Remembers
Harper Collins
Illustrated by Wendell Minor

The Tale of Pip & Squeak
Dutton Children’s Books: Penguin Group
Illustrated by Kate Duke

Design

Drawn to Enchant
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University
Designed by Howard Gralla

Opium Season
Globe Pequot Press
Designed by Georgiana Goodwin

Smotherhood
Globe Pequot Press
Designed by Jane Sheppard

Fiction

Exit Ghost
Houghton Mifflin
Written by Philip Roth

Last Night at the Lobster
Penguin Group
Written by Stewart O’Nan

On Borrowed Wings
Atria Books: Simon & Schuster
Written by Chandra Prasad

Soul Catcher
HarperCollins
Written by Michael White

Spaceman Blues
Tor Books
Written by Brian Slattery

Nonfiction

Children in Room E4
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Written by Susan Eaton

Kitchen Literacy
Island Press
Written by Ann Vileisis

A Slave No More
The Harcourt
Written by David W. Blight

Poetry

One Body
Louisiana State University Press
Written by Margaret Gibson

Teeth
Curbstone Press
Written by Aracelis Girmay

The Wife of the Left Hand
Shearsman Books (UK)
Written by Nancy Kuhl

Lifetime Achievement

Suzanne “Suzy” Staubach

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2007

Biography or Memoir

The Most Famous Man in America:
Debby Applegate 
Doubleday     

A Century in Captivity: The Life and Trials of Prince Mortimer, a Connecticut Slave
Denis R. Caron
University of New Hampshire Press/published by University Press of New England

Girls of Tender Age
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
Free Press/Simon & Schuster

Children’s Author

Victory
Susan Cooper
Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster

John, Paul, George & Ben
Lane Smith
Hyperion

The Best Winds
Laura Williams
Boyds Mills Press

Children’s Illustrator

Adèle & Simon
Barbara McClintock
Frances Foster Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Building with Dad
Bill Thomson
Marshall Cavendish

Little Red Riding Hood
Andrea Wisnewski
David R. Godine

Design

Rossiter: Country Houses of Washington, Connecticut
Wendell Minor
Gunn Memorial Library

Mocha & Related Dipped Wares, 1770-1939
Jonathan Rickard
University Press of New England

Fiction

Two Time
Chistopher Knopf
Permanent Press

Everyman
Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin

Triangle
Katharine Weber
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Nonfiction

Inhuman Bondage: The Rise & Fall of Slavery in the New World
David Brion Davis
Oxford University Press

Rumspringa
Tom Shachtman
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Yale Book of Quotations
Fred Shapiro
Yale University Press

Red Brick in the Land of Steady Habits: Creating the University of Connecticut, 1881-2006
Bruce M. Stave
University Press of New England

Poetry

None chosen

Lifetime Achievement

Morton Schindel

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2006

Biography or Memoir

Songs from the Black Chair
Charles Barber
University of Nebraska Press

Them: A Memoir of Parents
Francine du Plessix Gray
Penguin Group

Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran
Roya Hakakian
Random

Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey through Schizophrenia
Pamela Spiro Wagner and Carolyn S. Spiro, M.D.
St. Martin’s Press

Children’s Author

Basketball (Or Something Like It)
Nora Raleigh Baskin
HarperCollins Children’s Books

Shakespeare’s Secret
Elise Broach
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

10,000 Days of Thunder: A History of the Vietnam War
Philip Caputo
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Bad Baby
Ross MacDonald
Roaring Brook Press

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence
Judith St. George
Penguin Young Readers Group: Philomel Books

Children’s Illustrator

Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights
Benny Andrews
Candlewick Press

Think Cool Thoughts
Linda Bronson
Clarion/Houghton Mifflin

Seven Spunky Monkeys
Lynn Munsinger
Harcourt

Yum!  Yuck!  A Foldout Book of People Sounds
Sue Ramá
Charlesbridge Publishing

Alphabet House
Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Marshall Cavendish

Design

The Stolen Texts of Molière: An Exhibition of Plagiarized, Pirated & Misappropriated Works from the Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection
Howard I. Gralla
Yale University, Beinecke Library

The Works: Anatomy of a City
George Kokkinidis with Alexander Isley, Inc.
The Penguin Press

Fiction

Love and Ghost Letters
Chantel Acevedo
St. Martin’s Press

The Last Refuge
Chris Knopf
The Permanent Press

Speak Softly, She Can Hear
Pam Lewis
Simon & Schuster

In Case We’re Separated
Alice Mattison
HarperCollins

Primitive Heart
David Rabe
Grove Atlantic

Nonfiction

Village of the Dammed: The Fight for Open Space and the Flooding of a Connecticut Town
James Lomuscio
University Press of New England

MacArthur’s Escape:  John “Wild Man” Bulkeley and the Rescue of an American Hero
George W. Smith
Zenith Press

Tango: The Art History of Love
Robert Farris Thompson
Random House

Poetry

American Sublime
Elizabeth Alexander
Graywolf Press

The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart
Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Persea Books

Laws of My Nature
Margot Schilpp
Carnegie Mellon University Press

Lifetime Achievement

Marilyn Nelson

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2005

Biography or Memoir

Waltzing the Magpies
Sam Pickering
University of Michigan Press

Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America’s First Female Tycoon
Charles Slack
HarperCollins

Children’s Literature―Author

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Suzanne Collins
Scholastic

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel
Leslie Connor
Houghton Mifflin

Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Marilyn Nelson www.soulmountainretreat.com
Front Street

Cobwebs
Karen Young
HarperCollins

Children’s Literature―Illustrator

Who Killed Cock Robin?
Etienne Delessert www.etiennedelessert.com
The Creative Company

Science Verse
Lane Smith www.baloneyhenryp.com
Penguin Group: Viking Children’s Books

Karate Hour
Bill Thomson www.billthomson.com
Marshall Cavendish

Design

Lasting Impressions: The Grolier Club Library      
William Drenttel and Don Whelan www.wdny.com
Winterhouse Editions

Who Killed Cock Robin?        
Rita Marshall
The Creative Company

Fiction

Rear View
Peter Duval
Houghton Mifflin

Between Two Rivers
Nicholas Rinaldi www.nicholasrinaldibooks.com
HarperCollins

The Plot against America
Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin

Our Kind
Kate Walbert
Scribner

The Garden of Martyrs
Michael White
St. Martin’s Press

Nonfiction

The Trout Pool Paradox: The American Lives of Three Rivers         
George Black
Houghton Mifflin

The Last Undiscovered Place
David K. Leff
University of Virginia Press

Eugene O’Neill and “Dat Ole Davil Sea”: Maritime Influences in the Life and Works of Eugene O’Neill
Robert A. Richter
Mystic Seaport           

Red Sky at Morning: America and the Crisis of the Global Environment 
James Gustave Speth www.redskyatmorning.com
Yale University Press

Black Trials: Citizenship from the Beginning of Slavery to the End of Caste
Mark S. Weiner
Knopf

Poetry

The Descent
Sophie Cabot Black
Graywolf Press

The Clerk's Tale
Spencer Reece
Houghton Mifflin

Instrumentality
Ravi Shankar
Cherry Grove Collections

Stumbling into the Light
Edwina Trentham
Antrim House

Lifetime Achievement

Vivian Shipley

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2004

Biography or Memoir

My Father’s Footprints: A Memoir
Colin McEnroe
Warner Books

Uncas: First of the Mohegans
Michael Leroy Oberg
Cornell University Press

The Apprentice: My Life in the Kitchen
Jacques Pépin
Houghton Mifflin

Eleonora Duse: A Biography
Helen Sheehy
Knopf

Children’s Literature―Author

Saving the Planet and Stuff
Gail Gauthier
Penguin Young Reader’s Group

Black All Around
Patricia Hubbell
Lee & Low Books

Don’t Hold Me Back
Winfred Rembert
Cricket Books

Tangled Threads
Pegi Deitz Shea
Houghton Mifflin: Clarion Books

Children’s Literature―Illustrator

Into the Woods
Wendell Minor
Simon & Schuster: Atheneum

Don't Hold me Back
Winfred Rembert
Cricket Books

The Happy Hocky Family Moves to the Country
Lane Smith
Penguin Group: Viking

Design

Diving the World
Lori S. Malkin
Hugh Lauter Levin Associates

Language of Her Body
Robin Price
Robin Price, Printer and Publisher

Fiction

Voices
Janice Law
Forge Books

The Night Country
Stewart O’Nan
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Family History
Dani Shapiro 
Knopf

The Little Women
Katharine Weber
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Nonfiction

Voices of the New Republic
Christopher Bickford and Howard Lamar
Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences

Naked in Baghdad
Anne Garrels
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Race to the Sky
Stephen B. Goddard
McFarland & Company

The Doctors’ Plague
Sherwin B. Nuland
W.W. Norton

City: Urbanism and Its End
Douglas W. Rae
Yale University Press

Poetry

The Day Before
Dick Allen
Sarabande Books

Autumn Grasses
Margaret Gibson
Louisiana State University Press

The Midnight
Susan Howe
New Directions

Lifetime Achievement

Wally Lamb

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2003

Biography or Memoir

Hamlet’s Dresser
Bob Smith
Scribner

Lillie Devereux Blake: Retracing a Life Erased
Grace Farrell
University of Massachusetts Press

Children’s Literature ― Author

A Chapel of Thieves
Bruce Clements
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Lightland
H.L. McCutchen
Scholastic Books

Pipaluk and the Whales
John Himmelman
National Geographic Books for Young Readers

Children’s Literature ― Illustrator

Abraham Lincoln
David A. Johnson
Scholastic Books

Can You See What I See?
Walter Wick
Scholastic Books

Dahlia
Barbara McClintock
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Design

A Cottage Garden Alphabet
Designed and written by Andrea Wisnewski
David R. Godine

The Last Resort
Designed by Rita Marshall and written by J. Patrick Lewis
Creative Editions

Reinventing the Wheel
Designed and written by Jessica Helfand
Winterhouse Editions

Fiction

Flesh Tones
M.J. Rose
Ballantine Books

The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed
Janice Law
Forge Books

Love Her Madly
Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
Henry Holt

Nerves of the Heart
Lucy Ferriss
University of Tennessee Press

Wish You Were Here
Stewart O’Nan
Grove Press

Nonfiction

Discovering Moths
John Himmelman
Down East Books

Landscape of History
John Lewis Gaddis
Oxford University Press

Schnitzler’s Century
Peter Gay
W.W. Norton

Stone by Stone
Robert Thorson
Walker and Company

Wealth and Democracy
Kevin Phillips
Broadway Books

Poetry

Against Consolation
Robert Cording
Cavankerry Press

The Water Carrier
Steve Straight
Curbstone Press

When There Is No Shore
Vivian Shipley
Word Press

Lifetime Achievement

Rennie McQuilkin

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2002

Biography or Memoir

Emily Hall Tremaine: Collector on the Cusp
Kathleen L. Housley
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism
Char Miller
Island Press

Children’s Literature

Carver: A Life in Poems
Marilyn Nelson
Front Street Books

Molly and the Magic Wishbone
Barbara McClintock
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Shooting for the Moon
Bernie Fuchs
Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Design

Carver: A Life in Poems
Marilyn Nelson
Front Street Books

Christmas in Connecticut
Diane Smith
Globe Pequot

Infinity and Perspective
Karsten Harries
MIT Press

Fiction

The Dying Animal
Philip Roth
Houghton Mifflin

The Gardens of Kyoto
Kate Walbert
Scribner

Personal Velocity
Rebecca Miller
Grove Press

Nonfiction

Beyond the Big Talk
Debra Haffner
Newmarket Press

Botany of Desire (tie)
Michael Pollan
Random House

I Knew a Woman (tie)
Cortney Davis
Random House

A Matter of Degree
Don Massey and Rick Davey
Willow Brook Press

Sticks, Stones, and Shadows: Building the Egyptian Pyramids
Martin Isler
University of Oklahoma Press

Poetry

Carver: A Life in Poems
Marilyn Nelson
Front Street Books

Darling
Honor Moore
Grove Press

Icon and Evidence
Margaret Gibson
Louisiana State University Press

Lifetime Achievement

Alexander Taylor & Judith Doyle, Curbstone Press

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