Even More Chicago Literary Awards! The 2016 CWA Book Awards


Sharp-eyed reader Lynn Haller was quick to point out in my last post (The Chicago Review of Book Awards) that the newly founded Chirbies are not the only game in town.  For the past six years the Chicago Writer’s Association has produced its own awards as well.

Lynn also mentioned that, “Evanston’s own Randy Richardson is the president of CWA, if you’re looking for an Evanston connection.”  I think it is fair to say that I am always looking for an Evanston connection.  Thank you, Lynn!

And the awards go to . . .

Award for Fiction, Traditionally Published
The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay


Honorable Mention:
Swarm Theory by Christine Maul Rice
The Fugue
by Gint Aras


Award for Fiction, Non-Traditionally Published
A Bitter Pill to Swallow
by Tiffany Gholar


Award for Nonfiction, Traditionally Published
The Defender by Ethan Michaeli


Honorable Mention:
Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity by Alison Flowers

Award for Nonfiction, Non-Traditionally Published

Hugh Hefner’s First Funeral and other True Tales of Love and Death in Chicago by Pat Colander


Here’s an extra note from the CWA website about the awards ceremony:

This year’s ceremony will also feature the second annual presentation of CWA’s Spirit Award (formerly called the Lifetime Achievement Award) to Don Evans, author, editor, founder of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, and a tireless advocate for Chicago literature and the people who make it.

Award winners will be honored at a ceremony on Jan. 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 Lincoln Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.
Authors will read from their award-winning books and will have copies available for purchase and signing.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for a festive evening!


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