Massachusetts Book Awards

The Massachusetts Center for the book has announced the 2012 Book Award Winners.

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington is this year’s winner for adult fiction, but has been called a great crossover novel for its teen appeal. The title character is a 15-year-old girl who was bereft when her father was sent to serve in Iraq.

The nonfiction winner, Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen Stanton, explores flea market culture. If you’re a fan of Antiques Roadshow, you won’t want to miss this treasure trove of observations and tips.

In poetry, Martin Espada’s The Trouble Ball is the winner. Book List calls his work “rhythmic, assonant, consonant, alliterative profoundly enjoyable, and inspiriting.”

Finally, Krista Russell’s novel Chasing the Nightbird takes the award in the children/young adult category. This action-packed historical novel about kidnapping and slavery takes place in the port town of New Bedford.

If you’re not familiar with the Massachusetts Center for the Book, you should check out their website – in addition to listing all the past winners of the Massachusetts Book Awards, they have a great collection of Reading Guides, complete with discussion questions. Perfect for your book group!

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