The Ohioana Library has announced the 28 finalists for the 2012 Ohioana Book Awards. The Ohioana Awards were first given in 1942, with James B. “Scotty” Reston, Walter Havighurst, and Willard M. Kiplinger as the first recipients. During the past seventy-one years more than 400 books have been recognized with an Ohioana Book Award.
“This was an outstanding year for books by Ohio writers and books about Ohio and Ohioans.” said Linda Hengst, executive director of the Ohioana Library. “We receive 600-800 traditionally published books each year, which become eligible for the book awards, so the authors of the books selected as finalists this year should feel truly honored.”
The book awards are given in five categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, juvenile literature, and about Ohio/Ohioans. Ohioana will announce the winners in each category near the end of August, and recipients will be honored at the annual Ohioana Awards Ceremony in mid-October. The 2012 Ohioana Book Award finalists are (a brief summary of each book and short profiles of each author are attached):
2012 Ohioana Book Award finalists
* not Ohioans – note, books about Ohio or Ohioans need not be authored by an Ohioan.
Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo – Minotaur Books
The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture by Gene Kritsky -Oxford University Press
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz* – Henry Holt and Co
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard* – Doubleday
Weather by Dave Lucas – University of Georgia Press
The mission of the Ohioana Library, established in 1929 by First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper, is to recognize and encourage the creative accomplishments of Ohioans; preserve and expand a permanent collection of books, sheet music, manuscripts, and other materials by Ohioans and about Ohio; and disseminate information about the work of Ohio writers, musicians and other artists to researchers, schools, and the general public. Individuals can visit the Library at 274 East First Avenue, Columbus, OH, or online at www.ohioana.org.