Eight Ohio authors – or authors who write about Ohio subjects – have been honored with the 2021 Ohioana Book Awards.
The awards, first given in 1942, are among the oldest state literary prizes in the nation.
The awards ceremony, tentatively planned to be an in-person event, is scheduled for Oct. 14 in the atrium of the Ohio Statehouse.
• Fiction: Carter Sickels for “The Prettiest Star,” in which the main character returns to the small Ohio town and the family that had rejected him.
• Nonfiction: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, “World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments,” a collection of essays about the natural world.
• About Ohio or an Ohioan: Carole M. Genshaft, editor, “Raggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals,” written to accompany the large exhibit of works by Robinson at the Columbus Museum of Art.
• Poetry: Marianne Chan, “All Heathens,” poems that explore the author’s Filipino heritage, folklore and sense of self.
• Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature: Jacqueline Woodson, “Before the Ever After,” a novel-in-verse that considers the cost of professional sports on an athlete and his family.
• Juvenile Literature: Thrity Umrigar, “Sugar in Milk,” a picture book about immigration, diversity and acceptance.
• Readers’ Choice: Tiffany McDaniel, “Betty,” a coming-of-age novel set in the foothills of Appalachian Ohio.
• Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant (named for Ohioana’s second director and awarded to an Ohio writer age 30 or younger who has not yet published a book): Hagan Faye Whiteleather, a writer, editor and professor in northeast Ohio who is at work on a memoir.
Most of the winners were selected by judges from throughout the state. The Readers’ Choice award was determined by an online poll of more than 3,000 people.
The awards are conducted by the Ohioana Library Association that was founded in 1929 to promote and preserve the works of Ohio authors, artists and musicians.
For more information, visit www.ohioana.org.