Thirty-five books have been chosen as finalists in the 23rd annual Oklahoma Book Award competition. Winners in the categories of fiction, poetry, design/illustration, children/young adult and nonfiction will be announced at a banquet April 14 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum. Master of ceremonies will be former Lt. Gov. Jari Askins.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the awards recognize books written the previous year by Oklahomans or about Oklahoma. Of the 35 book finalists, 25 were by authors, designers or illustrators who reside in Oklahoma. This year, 121 books were submitted in the competition.
In addition to the literary awards, Chandler resident and children's book author Anna Myers will be presented with the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named for Norman historian Arrell Gibson, who served as the first president of the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
The 2012 finalists and their categories are: