Congratulations to the 2020 Book of the Year Awards Winners
Valentine by Elizabeth Wetmore is a beautiful and gothic mosaic of Odessa, Texas, one where the writing soars, and the story places a fierce legal and moral light on sex and gender equity. This is a special book that started off as compelling as any I’ve ever read, and got better by the page.
~Judge: Devin Murphy
From Miniskirt to Hijab by Jacqueline Saper
Jacqueline Saper has given us a boots-on-the-ground account of the political and cultural upheaval caused by the 1979 Iranian Revolution...An important and courageous book, Saper’s story leaves the reader deeply moved and incredulous, but at the same time hopeful and in awe of the author’s ability to cope and ultimately thrive.
~Judges: Angalia Bianca & Linda Beckstrom
Still Come Home by Katey Schultz
In rich and evocative prose, Katey Schultz masterfully intertwines the fates of three disparate, shattered characters... Schultz takes us on a luminous and enthralling journey deep into the human condition.
~Judge: Russell Fee
From Inspiration to Activism by Mary Lang Sollinger
Mary Lang Sollinger offers a rare glimpse into the fascinating world of political fundraising in her highly personal, engaging book...well-crafted, well-paced...that describes how she was inspired to make a difference in the world.
~Judge: Tammy Letherer
Honorable Mention for Traditional Fiction
The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah
Driving in Cars with Homeless Men by Kate Wisel
The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga
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Jennifer Brown Banks has left an impressive mark as a freelance writer, columnist, poet and blogger. But she is so much more than the words she writes. Look at all she has done beyond her extensive publishing accomplishments: she was a founding organizer of the Chicago Writers Association and a longtime member of our Board of Directors; she is the founder and president of Poets United to Advance the Arts, a community-based arts organization on the South Side, and her reach extends beyond Chicago as she provides support for writers all over the world through her award-winning Pen & Prosper blog.
For her many years of dedicated service to CWA and to Chicago's writing community, we are thrilled to recognize our dear friend Jennifer Brown Banks as the recipient of this year's Spirit Award.
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