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13th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards

Reading, Discussing & Celebrating Books Published in 2012

The Must-Read Books for 2013 were announced on March 22, 2013. The award winners in each of the categories will be announced in April.

Fiction  |   Nonfiction  |   Poetry  |   Children's/Young Adult  | MassBook Judges |

22 March 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

The Massachusetts Book Awards, a program of the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) in partnership with the Massachusetts Library Association, announces the Must-Read Books of 2013. 

Written by Massachusetts authors and/or on Massachusetts subjects and published in 2012, these books hit a wide spectrum of reading tastes and one or more of them in each category will be just right for you and/or your book group.  The collection of 24 books (six in each of four categories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry & children’s/young adult literature) will be promoted with posters, bookmarks and newsletters in libraries throughout Massachusetts during the late spring and summer of 2013. 

Fiction:
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin)
Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara (Viking)
Defending Jacob by William Landay (Delacorte)
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco)
The Technologists by Matthew Pearl (Random House)
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Tor)

Nonfiction:
Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen R. Platt (Knopf)
Brothers by George Howe Colt (Scribner)
The Choke Artist by David Yoo (Grand Central)
Clover Adams, A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life by Natalie Dykstra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
In Pursuit of Giants by Matt Rigney (Viking)
To Free a Family by Sydney Nathans (Harvard UP)

Poetry:
The Bees Are Waiting by Karina Borowicz (Marick)
Darkening the Grass by Michael Miller (CavanKerry)
Life in the Second Circle by Michael Cantor (Able Muse)
Place by Jorie Graham (Ecco)
Shortly Thereafter by Colin Halloran (Main St Rag)
What Is Amazing by Heather Christle (Wesleyan)

Children's/Young Adult Literature:
Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (The Blue Sky Press)
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman (Candlewick Press)
Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock (Viking)
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker (Balzer + Bray)
There Goes Ted Williams: the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares (Candlewick Press)
We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson (Peachtree Publishers)

Credit for the excitement of this year’s list goes to the Massachusetts Book Awards Committee, and to the judging panels: 

The Fiction Panel, convened by Janeen Resnick (Library Commissioner and South Hadley resident), included Molly Moss (Forbes Library, Northampton), Matthew Bachtold (Upton Town Library), and Bethany Pierce (Boston Public Library/South End Branch).

The Nonfiction panel, convened by James R. Kelly (W.E.B. DuBois Library, U Mass Amherst), included Matthew Berube (Jones Library, Amherst), Patricia Fanning (Bridgewater State University), and Sarah Markell (Boston Public Library/Copley Sq).

The Poetry panel, convened by Peter Thornell (Hingham Public Library), included Nancy Tupper Ling (Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood), Amy Rhilinger (Attleboro Public Library) and Emily Toder (UMass Amherst Libraries). 

The Children’s/Young Adult Literature panel, convened by Katie Baxter (Library Consultant, Scituate), included Lucy Loveridge (Framingham Public Library), Nancy Perry (Norwell Public Library),  and Jonah Smiley (Keverian School Library). 

Laurie Cavanaugh (Holmes Public Library, Halifax) coordinates the reading and discussion guides for award titles.

Watch for details about each of the above titles at MCB’s Facebook page or via Twitter (http://facebook.com/masscenterforthebook or @massbook) beginning Monday, 25 March. 

The award winner in each category will be announced on Friday, May 10th, during the monthly MLS-sponsored MCB webinar and then at this site. (Our previous target announcement date was late April.) 

Fiction Award

PRINT VERSION OF MUST-READ FICTION 2013 forthcoming!

Nonfiction Award

PRINT VERSION OF MUST-READ NONFICTION 2013 forthcoming!

Poetry Award

PRINT VERSION OF MUST-READ POETRY 2013 forthcoming!

Children's/Young Adult Award

PRINT VERSION OF MUST-READ CHILDREN'S/YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE 2013 forthcoming!

MassBook Judges for the 13th Annual Awards

Fiction Judges 2013
Molly Moss (Forbes Library, Northampton)
Matthew Bachtold (Upton Town Library)
Bethany Pierce (Boston Public Library/South End Branch)
Committee Convener:  Janeen Resnick, Library Commissioner, South Hadley

Nonfiction Judges 2013
Matthew Berube (Jones Library, Amherst)
Patricia Fanning (Bridgewater State University)
Sarah Markell (Boston Public Library/Copley Sq)
Committee Convener: James R. Kelly, U Mass Amherst Libraries

Poetry Judges 2013
Nancy Tupper Ling (Morrill Memorial Library, Norwood)
Amy Rhilinger (Attleboro Public Library)
Emily Toder (UMass Amherst Libraries)
Committee Convener: Peter Thornell, Hingham Public Library

Children's/Young Adult Literature 2013
Lucy Loveridge (Framingham Public Library)
Nancy Perry (Norwell Public Library)
Jonah Smiley (Keverian School Library)
Committee Convener: Katie Baxter, Library Consultant, Scituate

Reading and Discussion Guides Coordinator: Laurie A. Cavanaugh, Holmes Public LIbrary, Halifax