Monday, October 01, 2007

2007 Oregon Book Awards Finalists

Ken Kesey Award for the Novel
Judge: Antonya Nelson

Alison Clement Twenty Questions (Atria Books)
Monica Drake Clown Girl (Hawthorne Books)
Robert Hill When All Is Said and Done (Graywolf Press)

Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction
Judge: Robert Polito

Garrett Epps Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-Civil War America (Henry Holt)
Rene Denfeld All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families (PublicAffairs)
John Bellamy Foster Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance (Monthly Review)
Ben Saunders Desiring Donne: Poetry, Sexuality, Interpretation (Harvard University Press)
Kristian Williams American Methods: Torture and the Logic of Domination (South End Press)

Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Lee Gutkind

Jeff Lee Manthos Steel Beach: My Life As A Naval Aircrewman 1972-1976 (Inkwater)
Lee Montgomery The Things Between Us (Free Press)
Joel Preston Smith Night of a Thousand Stars and Other Portraits of Iraq (Nazraeli Press)

Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry
Judge: Donald Revell

Tom Blood The Sky Position (Marriage Records Publishing House)
Kathleen Halme Drift and Pulse (Carnegie Mellon University Press)
Paul Merchant Some Business of Affinity (Five Seasons Press)
Floyd Skloot The End of Dreams (Louisiana State University Press)


My best guess (a guess, not an endorsement, mind you):
The novel award to Monica Drake for Clowngirl.
General nonfiction award to
Ben Saunders for Desiring Donne: Poetry, Sexuality, Interpretation.
Creative nonfiction award to
Lee Montgomery for The Things Between Us.
Poetry award to
Floyd Skloot for The End of Dreams.

These are all significant judges. Robert Polito is the director of the MFA program at The New School in NY, and on the faculty at Queens. He's a fine writer, and a swell guy.

We will find out on Sunday, December 2nd.
For more information, see the website.

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