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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THE CHICAGO WRITERS ASSOCIATION’S 7TH ANNUAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS 

Award for Traditional Fiction:
The Virginity of Famous Men by Christine Sneed

Honorable Mention:
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
River Under the Road
by Scott Spencer

Award for Indie Fiction
Out the Door!
by M.L. Collins

Award for Traditional Nonfiction
Algren: A Life by Mary Wisniewski

Honorable Mention:
The Wrong Way to Save Your Life by Megan Stielstra
Al Capone’s Beer Wars by John J. Binder

Award for Indie Nonfiction:
Of This Much I’m Sure by Nadine Kenney Johnstone

This year’s ceremony will also feature the third annual presentation of CWA’s Spirit Award to Suzy Takacs, owner of The Book Cellar and tireless advocate for Chicago literature and the people who create it. Suzy is a long-time friend and supporter of Chicago Writers Association in particular, and to the Chicago writing and reading community in general.

Award winners will be honored at a ceremony on Jan. 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 Lincoln Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Square.
Authors will read from their award-winning books and will have copies available for purchase and signing.
This event is free and open to the public. Please join us for a festive evening!