The Oregon Book Awards committee has announced its finalists, with the winners to be feted at the annual ceremony on April 24 at The Armory. Lysley A. Tenorio, author of the story collection “Monstress,” will host the ceremony. Tickets are available at

Key finalists are:

Ken Kesey Award (fiction): Joyce Cherry Cresswell, Portland, “A Great Length of Time”; Mo Daviau, Portland, “Every Anxious Wave”; Mary Emerick, Joseph, “The Geography of Water”; Scott Nadelson, Salem, “Between You and Me”; Gina Ochsner, Keizer, “The Hidden Letters of Velta B"

Frances Fuller Victor Award (general nonfiction): Sue Armitage, Portland, “Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest”; Tracy Daugherty, Corvallis, “The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion”; Bill Lascher, Portland, “Eve of a Hundred Midnights”; Kathleen Dean Moore, Corvallis, “Great Tide Rising: Towards Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change”; Andi Zeisler, Portland, “We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, The Buying and Selling of a Political Movement"

Sarah Winnemucca Award (creative nonfiction): Carrie Brownstein, Portland, "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl"; Martha Grover, Portland, "The End of My Career"; Walidah Imarisha, Portland, "Angels With Dirty Faces"

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