Several local authors were announced as being Oregon Book Award finalists. The Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships supports, promotes and celebrates Oregon’s writers and publishers.

The organization produces the Oregon Book Awards Authors Tour, which connects writers and readers throughout the state with readings, classroom visits and workshops.

Finalists are selected in the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, young readers and graphic literature. Winners will be named at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland May 17.

Finalists include:

Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction: R. Gregory Nokes of West Linn for “Breaking Chains.”

Kim Stafford is a finalist in the creative nonfiction genre for his book 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.

Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction: Kim Stafford of Portland for “100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do.”

Deborah Hopkinson is a finalist for her childrens book, Knit Your Bit.

Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature: Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn for “Knit Your Bit;” and Graham Salisbury of Lake Oswego for “Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous.”

Graham Salisbury is a finalist for his childrens book, Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous.

A complete list of finalists can be viewed at

Tickets to the award ceremony can be purchased online at

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