Massachusetts Center for the Book Announces
2016 Mass Book Awards

Massachusetts Center for the Book has announced the winners of the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards, recognizing significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children's/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects. The 16th annual awards program is nationally regarded as one of the most select state programs.
2016 Mass Book Award Winners
The 2016 Fiction Award-winner is Paul Tremblay's novel A Head Full of Ghosts, and the Nonfiction winner is Rosemary:The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson; Immortality, by Alan Feldman, won the 2016 Poetry Award. The winning selection from the Young Adult/Middle Reader category is Ali Benjamin's The Thing About Jellyfish and Ketzel, the Cat who Composed, by Leslea Newman, received the top Picture Book Award.
Honors Books 2016

Reading advisors and judges from the library community across the state long-listed must-read books in each category; this select list was promoted recently by Mass Center for the Book in the Pavilion of States at National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. The top award winners have been named with three honors titles in each division.

Honors Fiction finalists include Jabari Asim's Only the Strong; Matthew Neill Null's Honey from the Lion; and B. A. Shapiro's The Muralist.

The Honors Nonfiction finalists are Jay Atkinson's Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston's Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America; Joseph J. Ellis' The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789; and The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.

Poetry collections receiving Honors awards are Incarnate Grace by Moira Linehan; Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab; and Stable by David R. Surette.

In the Young Adult/Middle Reader category, Honors titles include M. T. Anderson's Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad; Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest; and Marika McCoola's Baba Yaga's Assistant.

Honors Picture Book and Early Reader titles are Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather by Grace Lin; Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares; and You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple.
State House Awards Ceremony
2016 winners and honorees will be celebrated at a public State House ceremony and reception on December 6th. For more information about the event, contact the Center at

2017 Mass Book Awards:
Mass Center for the Books will be accepting book submissions published in 2016 until January 12, 2017.
Visit the Mass Center for the Book booths at Boston Book Festival and New England Library Association!
Promotional materials of winning titles will be featured at the Boston Book Festival (Oct. 15th) and New England Library Association Conference (Oct. 16th to 18th).
Mass Center for the Book is deeply grateful to the 2016 Mass Books Judges for their time and passion for good books! Thank you to Fiction Judges Diane Annunziato, Pete Coco, and Tegan Mannino; Nonfiction Judges Cyndi Harbeson, Melissa Roderick, and Amy Lewontin; Poetry Judges Sean Thibodeau, Martha Cohen, and Michelle Gario; Young Adult/Middle Grade Judges Sarah Sullivan, Steven Fowler, and Julie Seifert; and Picture Book/Early Reader Judges Fran Mellin, Kirsten Rose, and Alex Lent.
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