Book Awards 2017

New England Book Awards 2017

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 New England Book Awards. The winners in each category were voted on by NEIBA member booksellers and the awards will be presented during the annual awards banquet at the Biltmore Hotel in Providence RI, on September 19

Fiction Nominations were:
NEWS FROM THE END OF THE WORLD by Emily Jeanne Miller (HMH); RABBIT CAKE by Annie Hartnett (Tin House); SAINTS FOR ALL OCCASIONS by J. Courtney Sullivan (Knopf); TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti (Dial Press); THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by Jessica Shattuck (Wm Morrow)

Non-Fiction Nominations were:
DOWN CITY by Leah Carroll (Grand Central Publishing);  FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (Flatiron Books); GLASS UNIVERSE by Dava Sobel (Viking); NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite (Dey Street Books); STRANGER IN THE WOODS by Michael Finkel (Knopf)

Children’s (Ages Birth-11) Nominations were:
POET’S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan (Katherine Tegen Books); SOME WRITER by Melissa Sweet (HMH); PERFECT DAY by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook); BEYOND THE BRIGHT SEA by Lauren Wolk (Dutton Books Young Readers); WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Young Readers)

Young Adult (Ages 12+) Nominations were:
BULL by David Elliott (HMH); THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee (Katherine Tegen Books); IRON CAST by Destiny Soria (Amulet Books); QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE by Sarah Prager (HarperCollins); WRECKED by Maria Padian (Algonquin Young Readers)


The Women In The Castle: A Novel
By Jessica Shattuck


The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
By Michael Finkel


CHILDREN’S (Ages Birth-11) Winner
Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White
By Melissa Sweet


Young Adult Winner
The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue
By Mackenzi Lee


This Award is for a specific title and must be either about New England, set in New England or by an author residing in New England. It can be a hardcover, a paperback original or reissue that was published between September 1 and August 31.

The NEIBA Awards Committee chose 5 finalists in each category from the submissions received. NEIBA bookstore membership then voted to choose the four award winners.

Each award comes with a $250 check for literacy to a charity of their choice.