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Literary Arts congratulates winners of Oregon Book Awards

The Literary Arts, founded in 1984 with a mission to engage readers, support writers and inspire the next generation with great literature, recently announced the winners of the 2016 Oregon Book Awards.

The nonprofit organization revealed winners including Brian Doyle of Lake Oswego, who received the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature for “Martin Marten,” a coming-of-age tale about “two energetic, sinewy, muddled, brilliant, creative animals, one human and one mustelid ... come sprint with them through the deep, wet, green glory of Oregon’s soaring mountain wilderness.”

Other awardees include:

  • Barbara Kerley of Portland for “With a Friend by Your Side,” which received the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature.

  • David Biespiel of Portland for “A Long High Whistle,” which won the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction

  • Kate Carroll de Gutes of Portland, who received the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction for “Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear.”

  • Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke of Portland, who received the Award for Graphic Literature for “The Zoo Box.”

  • Carl Adamshick of Portland, who won the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry for “Saint Friend.”

  • Lidia Yuknavitch of Portland won both the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Readers’ Choice Award for “The Small Backs of Children.”

  • The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award went to Doug Spangle of Portland.

  • The Walt Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award was awarded to Curtis Kiefer of Philomath.

    Learn more online at literary-arts.org.