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The finalists and fellowship recipients have been announced for the 28th annual Oregon Book Awards, which will be held April 13 at the Gerding Theater.


Mitchell Jackson, author of “The Residue Years,” will host the ceremony. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com.

There are several categories for awards. Here are the nominations for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction:

Fiction — Smith Henderson of Portland, “Fourth of July Creek” (Ecco); Lindsay Hill of Portland, “Sea of Hooks” (McPherson and Co.); Cari Luna of Portland, “The Revolution of Every Day” (Tin House Books); Amy Schutzer of Portland, “Spheres of Disturbance” (Arktoi Books); Willy Vlautin of Scappoose, “The Free” (Harper Perennial).

Nonfiction — Wendy Chin-Tanner of Portland, “Turn” (Sibling Rivalry Press); Emily Kendal Frey of Portland, “Sorrow Arrow” (Octopus Books); Endi Bogue Hartigan of Portland, “Pool (5 Choruses)” (Omnidawn); Zachary Schomburg of Portland, “The Book of Joshua” (Black Ocean); Dawn Diez Willis of Salem, “Still Life with Judas & Lightning” (Airlie Press).

For more info: www.literary-arts.org.

Neal Adams here

There’ll be autograph signing with comics art legend Neal Adams, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Cosmic Monkey Comics, 5335 N.E. Sandy Blvd..

Adams had runs on “Batman,” “X-Men,” “Green Lantern-Green Arrow” and “Deadman.” He’s given credit for creating the modern “Batman.”

Adams currently is working on a “Superman Series” for DC Comics. At his appearance, there’ll be portfolios, art prints, books and sketches available for purchase. For info: www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com.

Laissez les bon temps rouler

Two celebrations collide in Portland, as the Portland Mardi Gras Ball will be held on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and the Mardi Gras Parade will be held on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17. The events are organized by the Mysti Krewe of Nimbus, a group of ex-pats from New Orleans whose mission is to share the love of Louisiana music, food and culture in our city.

For complete info: www.portlandmardigras.com.

New symphony CD

The Oregon Symphony has released its third CD under the direction of Music Director Carlos Kalmar, “Spirit of the American Range,” which came out Jan. 8 on the Pentatone label.

It follows the release of “Music for a Time of War,” performed at Carnegie Hall in 2011, and “This England,” released in 2012.

The CD features works by Aaron Copland (“Symphony No. 3”), Walter Piston (“Suite from The Incredible Flutist”) and George Antheil (“A Jazz Symphony”). They were recorded live at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in April 2013 and January 2014 by Soundmirror recording engineers John Newton and Blanton Alspaugh, who also worked on previous CDs.

It’s available for purchase at Oregon Symphony, 923 S.W. Washington St., and through Pentatone’s website, pentatone music.com, until it’s official release in February.

RACC grants

According to a news release, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, using funds from voter-approved Arts Education and Access Fund, plans to invest about $50,000 in nonprofit organizations that are making arts and culture more accessible for communities of color, immigrants, refugees, underserved neighborhoods such as East Portland, people with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, and under-represented populations.

The Expanding Cultural

Access grant applications are available at www.racc.org/ecagrants. Proposals are due by March 3.

‘Backstrom’

FOX has been promoting it and fans are looking forward to it. “Backstrom” is a new series set in Portland. Show organizers will put on a fan screening 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Regal Fox Tower 10, 846 S.W. Park Ave., featuring Kristoffer Polaha, who plays Sgt. Peter Niedermayer on the show. The star is Rainn Wilson, who plays irascible detective Everett Backstrom — fresh off his long-running role as Dwight Schrute on “The Office.”

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