This year’s winners and honorable mentions are:
The alchemy of us | AÃ¯nissa Ramirez | New Havre
In The Alchemy of Us, scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez examines eight inventions – clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, photographic films, light bulbs, hard drives, science lab equipment, and silicon chips – and reveals how they have shaped the human experience.
Musical chairs | Amy Poeppel | Kent
Musical Chairs has been described as “a hilarious and heartfelt new novel about a perfectly imperfect summer of love, secrets and second chances”. A New York Times reviewer said, âIn this funny, deep and brilliantly alive novel about all the messy, wise and wonderful chords love can strike into our lives, Poeppel brings together fathers and daughters, old flames and new sparks, music, writing and gardening, to explore what it really means to feel at home and how life can open up to you in ways you never saw coming.
My husband would like | Benjamin S. Grossberg | West Hartford
Set at the crossroads of middle age, this book investigates love and family, both the families we are born into and the families we create for ourselves. Funny, cinematic and inventive, the poems recount family traditions – a mother’s options, the obscure circumstances of a distant marriage – alongside the perplexities of contemporary romance.
fiction | Dress code | Carrie Firestone | Avon
non-fictional works | Accidental archaeologists | Sarah Albee | Water town
Picture books | The All-Ensemble quilt | Lizzy Rockwell | Author and illustrator | Bridgeport