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
Award for Fiction, Non-Traditionally Published
A Bitter Pill to Swallow by Tiffany Gholar
Award for Nonfiction, Traditionally Published
The Defender by Ethan Michaeli
Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence and Identity by Alison Flowers
Award for Nonfiction, Non-Traditionally Published
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!