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2016 Awards for Books Published in 2015
judges

ADULT FICTION
Winner:
Joe Meno — Marvel and a Wonder — Akashic Books
FINALISTS:
Bonnie Jo Campbell — Mothers, Tell Your Daughters — W.W. Norton
Rebecca Makkai — Music for Wartime — Viking

ADULT NONFICTION
Winner:
Alice Dreger — Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice — Penguin Press
FINALISTS:
Clark Elliott — The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get it Back — Viking
Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer — $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Jeremy Smith — Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients — Harper Wave

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Winner:
Ray E. Boomhower — John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog — Indiana University Press
FINALISTS:
Michele Weldon — Escape Points: A Memoir — Chicago Review Press
Joseph Tabbi — Nobody Grew but the Business: On the Life and Work of William Gaddis — Northwestern University Press

CHILDREN’S FICTION 
Winner:
Evan Kuhlman — Great Ball of Light — Atheneum Books for Young Readers
FINALISTS:
Stephen T. Johnson — Alphabet School — Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Kate DiCamillo — Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Two — Candlewick
Melinda Braun — Stranded — Simon Pulse

CHILDREN’S NONFICTION
Winner:
Ann Bausum — Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights — Viking Books for Young Readers
FINALISTS:
Suzanne Slade — The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford — Charlesbridge
Fern Schumer Chapman — Like Finding My Twin — Gussie Rose Press

POETRY
Winner:
Iliana Rocha — Karankawa — University of Pittsburgh Press
FINALISTS:
Dennis Hinrichsen — Skin Music — Southern Indiana Review Press
Lisa Fay Coutley — Errata — Southern Illinois University Press

JAMES FRIEND MEMORIAL AWARD FOR LITERARY AND DRAMATIC CRITICISM
Winner:
Kelli Christiansen, founder and editor of Chicago Book Review

Winners from Prior Years


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