Friday, May 3, 2013

Massachusetts Book Awards - 2013

13th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards for 2013

The Massachusetts Book Awards, a program of the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) in partnership with the Massachusetts Library Association, announced in March, the Must-Read Books of 2013.  All were written by Massachusetts authors and/or on Massachusetts subjects and published in 2012.

The collection consists of 24 books (six in each of four categories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry & children’s/young adult literature). 


  • The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin
  •  Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara (Viking) 
  • Defending Jacob by William Landay (Delacorte)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco) 
  • The Technologists by Matthew Pearl (Random House) 
  • Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Tor)

  • Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom by Stephen R. Platt (Knopf) 
  • Brothers by George Howe Colt (Scribner) 
  • The Choke Artist by David Yoo (Grand Central) 
  • Clover Adams, A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life by Natalie Dykstra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 
  • In Pursuit of Giants by Matt Rigney (Viking) 
  • To Free a Family by Sydney Nathans (Harvard UP)


  • The Bees Are Waiting by Karina Borowicz (Marick) 
  • Darkening the Grass by Michael Miller (CavanKerry) 
  • Life in the Second Circle by Michael Cantor (Able Muse) 
  • Place by Jorie Graham (Ecco) 
  • Shortly Thereafter by Colin Halloran (Main St Rag) 
  • What Is Amazing by Heather Christle (Wesleyan)

Children's/Young Adult Literature:

  • Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm (The Blue Sky Press) 
  • October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by LeslĂ©a Newman (Candlewick Press) 
  • Red Thread Sisters by Carol Antoinette Peacock (Viking) 
  • Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker (Balzer + Bray) 
  • There Goes Ted Williams: the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares (Candlewick Press) 
  • We’ve Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson (Peachtree Publishers) 
 I've highlighted the (3) I've read. Does your state have a similar awards program?


  1. This looks like a great list of books...and inspiring. I especially like the fiction list. Many of those books are ones I want to read but haven't yet. Something to look forward to I s'pose!

  2. MA is prolific! Defending Jacob is on my to read list. Thanks for the info. I have not heard of this award before.

  3. I'm trying to read and review these Massachusetts Must-Reads too! I listened to Defending Jacob on audio and it was a good one. Read The Art Forger and have Cascade and Three Parts Dead at home on the top (or close to the top) of the TBR pile!

  4. I haven't read any of these!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Diane.

  5. That is a cool program and I don't think I've seen anything like that around these parts. Have a great weekend!

  6. Awesome. I've listened to Defending Jacob and have The Art Forger on audio too.

  7. I have started the Art Forger on audio but have not read any of the others yet. I don't think NY has a similar program.


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