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Book awards: Massachusetts Book Award

Book awards by cover

Works (85)

TitlesOrder
MotherKind by Jayne Anne PhillipsFiction, 2001
Reflections in Bullough's Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England by Diana MuirNonfiction, 2001
Breathing Room: Poems by Peter DavisonPoetry, 2001
What's in a Name by Ellen WittlingerChildren's/Young Adult, 2001
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. JohnsonChildren's Picture Book, 2001
Mystic River by Dennis LehaneFiction, 2002
The Imprisoned Guest: Samuel Howe and Laura Bridgman, The Original Deaf-Blind Girl by Elisabeth GitterNonfiction, 2002
Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry by Alan DuganPoetry, 2002
Moonpie and Ivy by Barbara O'ConnorChildren's/Young Adult, 2002
Sea Room by Norman G. GautreauFiction, 2003
Revere Beach Elegy: A Memoir of Home and Beyond by Roland MerulloNonfiction, 2003
Never: Poems by Jorie GrahamPoetry, 2003
Hole in My Life by Jack GantosChildren's/Young Adult, 2003
A Kiss from Maddalena by Christopher CastellaniFiction, 2004
Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides by Christian G. AppyNonfiction, 2004
Middle Earth: Poems by Henri ColePoetry, 2004
The Silent Boy by Lois LowryChildren's/Young Adult, 2004
Project X by Jim ShepardFiction, 2005
Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books by Aaron LanskyNonfiction, 2005
Trouble in Mind: Poems by Lucie Brock-BroidoPoetry, 2005
My Light by Molly BangChildren's/Young Adult, 2005
The Season of Open Water: A Novel by Dawn TrippFiction, 2006
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism by Megan MarshallNonfiction, 2006
Zeppo's First Wife: New and Selected Poems (Phoenix Poets) by Gail MazurPoetry, 2006
Where the Great Hawk Flies by Liza KetchumChildren's/Young Adult, 2006
The Emperor's Children by Claire MessudFiction, 2007
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel PhilbrickNonfiction, 2007
Averno: Poems by Louise GluckPoetry, 2007
Incantation by Alice HoffmanChildren's/Young Adult, 2007
Blackbird and Wolf: Poems by Henri ColePoetry, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DíazFiction, 2008
Salem Witch Judge: The Life and Repentance of Samuel Sewall by Eve LaPlanteNonfiction, 2008
Whale Port by Mark FosterChildren's/Young Adult, 2008
The Ghost Soldiers: Poems by James TatePoetry, 2009
People of the Book by Geraldine BrooksFiction, 2009
Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution (Melanie Kroupa Books) by Moying LiNonfiction, 2009
One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith MilwayChildren's/Young Adult, 2009
American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. CannatoNonfiction, 2010
This is the red door by James R. WhitleyPoetry, 2010
Woodsburner by John PipkinFiction, 2010
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace LinChildren's/Young Adult, 2010
Belated Heavens (Malcolm McDonald Series Selection) by Daniel TobinPoetry, 2011
First Family: Abigail and John Adams by Joseph J. EllisNonfiction, 2011
World and Town by Gish JenFiction, 2011
The Other Side of Dark by Sarah SmithChildren's/Young Adult, 2011
Alice Bliss: A Novel by Laura HarringtonFiction, 2012
Chasing the Nightbird by Krista RussellChildren's/Young Adult, 2012
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America by Maureen StantonNonfiction, 2012
The Trouble Ball: Poems by Martín EspadaPoetry, 2012
Brothers: On His Brothers and Brothers in History by George Howe ColtNon-Fiction, 2013
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly BangChildren’s/Young Adult, 2013
Place: New Poems by Jorie GrahamPoetry, 2013
The Technologists: A Novel by Matthew PearlFiction, 2013
The First Drawing by Mordicai GersteinChildren’s/Young Adult, 2014
Grass Whistle by Amy DryanskyPoetry, 2014
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan MarshallNon-Fiction, 2014
News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories by Jennifer HaighFiction, 2014
Conversion by Katherine Howenot in English Common KnowledgeMiddle Reader/Young Adult, 2015
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ngnot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2015
Going Places by Paul A. Reynoldsnot in English Common KnowledgePicture Books, 2015
Misery Islands by January Gill O'Neilnot in English Common KnowledgePoetry, 2015
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbertnot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2015
A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblaynot in English Common KnowledgeFiction, 2016
Immortality (Wisconsin Poetry Series) by Alan Feldmannot in English Common KnowledgePoetry, 2016
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larsonnot in English Common KnowledgeNonfiction, 2016
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjaminnot in English Common KnowledgeMiddle Reader/Young Adult, 2016
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. GoodmanPicture Book, 2017
Mercury: A Novel by Margot LiveseyFiction, 2017
A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley by Jane KamenskyNonfiction, 2017
Vivas to Those Who Have Failed: Poems by Martín EspadaPoetry, 2017
Wolf Hollow by Lauren WolkMiddle Grade / Young Adult, 2017
The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle CuevasMiddle Grade / Young Adult, 2018
The Chalk Artist: A Novel by Allegra GoodmanFiction, 2018
Windows by Julia DenosPicture Book, 2018
The written world: how literature shaped history by Martin PuchnerNonfiction, 2018
A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace LinPicture Book, 2019
Mapping the Bones by Jane YolenMiddle Grade / Young Adult, 2019
These Truths: a History of the United States by Jill LeporeNonfiction, 2019
The Unmade World: A Novel by Steve YarbroughFiction, 2019
The Wall (Pitt Poetry Series) by Ilan StavansPoetry, 2019
Battle Dress: Poems by Karen SkolfieldPoetry, 2020
The Body Papers by Grace TalusanNon Fiction, 2020
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel by Ocean VuongFiction, 2020
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly HuntMiddle Grade/Young Adult, 2020
¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market (English and Spanish Edition) by Raul Gonzalez IiiPicture Book/Early Reader, 2020

Award description

Awarded by the Massachusetts Center for the Book

Each year, the MassBooks recognize significant achievements in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, and children's literature from the previous calendar year. To be eligible, books must have been written by authors who currently live and work in Massachusetts or must present topics of particular and specific importance to the Commonwealth regardless of their author’s residency.

Throughout the award year, we promote an award winner and two honors books in each of the four award categories by producing/hosting reading, discussion, and activity guides for each title at our web site and by featuring the books at the Massachusetts table in the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival. The award and honors titles are also deposited in Special Collections at the State Library.

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