|“One of the most memorable things I hear is when someone tells me that my books got a reluctant reader to read.”
―Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay
|It was a busy fall for Connecticut Center for the Book! We coordinated with eight Hartford-based organizations to pull together Book/Mark This!, an initiative that highlighted literary activities in the area in September and October, dedicated two Literary Landmarks, developed a Literary Trail for ConnTours and, best of all, held the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards on October 20, 2019 at the Hartford Public Library with keynote speaker Philip Caputo and emcee Ann Nyberg.
These awards are given annually for the best books of the previous calendar year that are about Connecticut or by authors and illustrators from Connecticut. Categories include: Poetry, Books for Young Readers (broken into three subcategories: Picture Books, Fiction, and Nonfiction), Nonfiction, and Fiction. Starting this year, the Connecticut Book Awards included the Bruce Fraser “Spirit of Connecticut” award. This special award is in memory of longtime Connecticut Humanities director Bruce Fraser and celebrates Connecticut’s sense of place. For the list of this year’s winning books, visit CTBook.org.
Submissions for books published in 2019 will open on January 8, 2020. If you would like a reminder, please email email@example.com and we’ll add you to our list.
Lisa Comstock, Director, CT Center for the Book