Please join us at Volumes Bookcafe on Friday, December 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a huge party to announce the winners of the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Awards (a.k.a. the Chirbys), an annual event that recognizes the best books published by Chicago-based authors in the past 12 months.
It’s 100% free, but space is limited (just 45 spots for the general public!), so reserve your spot via Eventbrite today. If you can’t make it in person, tune into our Facebook Live feed around 8:30 p.m. CT.
Here are the finalists on the poetry shortlist, the nonfiction shortlist, and the fiction shortlist.
All of the shortlisted authors below will be in attendance to meet readers and sign copies of their books. And there won’t be any panels this year, so you’ll get to spend most of the time drinking and socializing.
- Eve Ewing
- Elise Paschen
- Christina Pugh
- Don Share
- Megan Stielstra
- Jac Jemc
- Juan Martinez
- Lindsay Hunter
- Angela Jackson
- Fred Sasaki
- Quraysh Al Lansana
- Camille Bordas
- Sandra Jackson-Opoku
- Augustus Rose
Judges for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Awards include many representatives from Chicago’s independent bookstores and the Chicago Independent Bookstore Alliance:
- Suzy Takacs, The Book Cellar
- Rebecca George, Volumes Bookcafe
- Thomas Flynn, Volumes Bookcafe
- Timothy Moore, Unabridged Bookstore
- Sara Hollenbeck, Women & Children First
- Jeff Deutsch, Seminary Co-op and 57th Street Books
- Linda Quinde, Seminary Co-op and 57th Street Books
- Wayne Giacalone, RoscoeBooks
As well as members of the Chicago Review of Books and Arcturus magazine editorial and contributing staffs:
- Adam Morgan, CHIRB Editor-in-Chief
- Kristen Raddatz, CHIRB Executive Editor
- Sara Cutaia, Editor-in-Chief at Arcturus magazine
- Rachel León, Editor at Arcturus magazine
- Aram Mrjoian, CHIRB contributing staff and TriQuarterly fiction editor
Congrats again to last year’s winners and finalists!
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Adam Morgan is the founding editor of the Chicago Review of Books and the Southern Review of Books. His essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, and elsewhere.