Thirty Ohio authors nominated for the 81st annual Ohioana Book Awards

Thirty Ohio authors have been nominated for the 81st annual Ohioana Book Awards, to be announced in July.

The authors — all from, living in or writing about Ohio — created works in fiction, poetry, juvenile literature, middle grade/young adult literature and nonfiction as well as works about Ohio or Ohioans.

Beginning June 1, the Ohioana Library, sponsor of the awards, will profile the writers online ( A readers’ choice poll will begin June 15. The awards ceremony for the winners will take place Oct. 26 at the Ohio Statehouse.

Helping hand:Hanif Abdurraqib sees assisting other Columbus authors as rewarding responsibility

The nominees and their books:


Jesse Bethea, “Fellow Travelers”

Anthony Doerr, “Cloud Cuckoo Land”

Genevieve Gornichec, “The Witch’s Heart”

Alison Stine, “Trashlands”

Laura Maylene Walter, “Body of Stars”

Author Wil Haygood, a Columbus native now living in Washington, DC, is a nominee at the 81st annual Ohioana Book Awards.


Hanif Abdurraqib, “A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance”

Amy Butcher, “Mothertrucker: Finding Joy on the Loneliest Road in America”

Wil Haygood, “Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World”

Susan Orlean, “On Animals”

Brandy Schillace, “Mr. Humble & Dr. Butcher: A Monkey’s Head, the Pope’s Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul”

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