The Ohioana Library announced the winners of the 2023 Ohioana Awards, including seven book awards and the Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant.
First given in 1942, the Ohioana Book Awards are the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the nation. Nearly every major writer from Ohio in the past 82 years has been honored, from James Thurber to Toni Morrison.
Six of the Ohioana Book Award winners were selected by juries. The Readers’ Choice Award was determined by voters in a public online poll, with more than 2,000 votes cast this year.
Ohioana Book Awards
Below are the 2023 Ohioana Book Award winners. Click on the title to learn more about the author and their winning book.
Nonfiction: Ross Gay, Inciting Joy
Fiction: Celeste Ng, Our Missing Hearts
Poetry: Saeed Jones, Alive at the End of the World
About Ohio or an Ohioan: Kelcey Ervick, The Keeper: Soccer, Me, and the Law That Changed Women’s Lives
Middle Grade/Young Adult: Jasmine Warga, A Rover’s Story
Juvenile: Marcy Campbell, The More You Give
Readers’ Choice: John Scalzi, The Kaiju Preservation Society