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The Massachusetts Book Awards

The winners for the first annual Massachusetts Book Awards have been announced by the Massachusetts Center for the Book.  The winners were named during a ceremony at the Boston Public Library.

Inaugural Year 2000 Winners and Finalists

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2002 announcements of 2001 MassBook Awards Winners

Fiction: Dennis Lehane for Mystic River | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audio CD | Large Print

Nonfiction: Elisabeth Gitter for The Imprisoned Guest | Hardcover | Paperback

Poetry: Alan Dugan for Poems Seven | Hardcover | Paperback | e-book Adobe Reader

Children's Literature: Barbara O'Connor for Moonpie and Ivy | Hardcover

To be eligible for the awards, books must have been published in their original format in the year 2000.  They must have been written or illustrated by a Massachusetts resident OR have been based on a theme of particular significance to the Commonwealth.  Books may be submitted for consideration by authors, publishers and/or literary agents.  Contact info

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The 2000 Winners and Finalists, awarded in 2001

Fiction | Nonfiction | Poetry | Children's Literature | Children's Picture Books


Jayne Anne Phillips for MotherKind | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette Winner!

Nomi Eve for The Family Orchard | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Large Print

Rebecca Goldstein for Properties of Light | Hardcover | Paperback

Alice Hoffman for The River King | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette (Abridged) | Audio Cassette (Unabridged)| Large Print

Alan Lightman for The Diagnosis | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Audio CD (Unabridged) | Digital (Microsoft Reader) | Digital (Adobe Reader)


Diana Muir for Reflections in Bullough's Pond: Economy and Ecosystem in New England | Hardcover Winner!

Mary Blewett for Constant Turmoil: The Politics of Industrial Life in Nineteenth-Century New England | Hardcover

Nathaniel Philbrick for In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Audio Cassette (Abridged) | Large Print

Nancy Lusignan Schultz for Fire & Roses: The Burning of the Charlestown Convent, 1834 | Hardcover

Glenn Stout & Richard Johnson for Red Sox Century | Hardcover


Peter Davison for Breathing Room: New Poems | Hardcover Winner!

Martin Espada for A Mayan Astronomer in Hell's Kitchen | Hardcover | Paperback

Mary Oliver for The Leaf and the Cloud | Hardcover | Paperback

David Rivard for Bewitched Playground | Paperback

Afaa Michael Weaver for Multitudes | Hardcover | Paperback

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (Middle Reader/ Young Adult)

Ellen Wittlinger for What's in a Name? | Hardcover | Paperback | Large Print  Winner!

Andrew Clements for The Janitor's Boy | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Large Print

Lois Lowry for Gathering Blue | Hardcover | Audio Cassette (Unabridged) | Large Print

Ann Warren Turner for Learning to Swim: A Memoir | Hardcover


D. B. Johnson for Henry Hikes to Fitchburg | Hardcover  Winner!

Corinne Demas for The Disappearing Island | Hardcover

Jerry Palotta for Dory Story | Hardcover

Matt Tavares for Zachary's Ball | Hardcover

Jane Yolen for How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? | Hardcover

The Massachusetts Book Award is an annual program of the Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB), an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  MCB emerges from a partnership among six cultural organizations: American Antiquarian Society, Boston Public Library, Five Colleges, Inc., Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and University of Massachusetts Amherst.  MCB
programs promote the importance of reading and literacy, emphasize the central role of libraries in a civic society, and encourage a deeper appreciation for the book and for the book arts in Massachusetts.

For information about the Massachusetts Book Awards, contact:

Sharon Shaloo
Executive Director
Massachusetts Center for the Book
University of Massachusetts
671 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA  01003

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