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Here Are the Winners of the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Awards

Congratulations to these three Chicago women.

Last Friday, we announced the second annual Chicago Review of Books Awards during a live ceremony at Volumes Bookcafe. In partnership with the Chicagoland Independent Bookstore Alliance, the “Chirby” awards celebrate the best books published by Chicago-based writers and poets in the past year.

Here are 2017’s winners, finalists, and judges.

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From left: Camille Bordas, Megan Stielstra, and Eve Ewing.

Best Fiction

How to Behave in a Crowd, Camille Bordas (Winner, Random House)
Only Eat When You’re Hungry, Lindsay Hunter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The Grip of It, Jac Jemc (FSG Originals)
The Answers, Catherine Lacey (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Best Worst American, Juan Martinez (Small Beer Press)
Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk, Kathleen Rooney (St. Martin’s Press)
The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose (Viking)

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Judges Rebecca George, Adam Morgan, and Sarah Hollenbeck. Photos by Hailey Dezort.

Best Creative Nonfiction

The Wrong Way to Save Your Life By Megan Stielstra (Winner, Harper Perennial)
A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun, Angela Jackson (Beacon Press)
Revise the Psalm, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku (Curbside Splendor)
The Whiskey of Our Discontent, Quraysh Ali Lansana and Georgia A. Popoff (Haymarket Books)
Body Horror, Anne Elizabeth Moore (Curbside Splendor)
Who Reads Poetry, Don Share and Fred Sasaki (University of Chicago Press)

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Photos by Hailey Dezort.

Best Poetry

Electric Arches, Eve Ewing (Winner, Haymarket Books)
A People’s History of Chicago, Kevin Coval (Haymarket Books)
Civilization Makes Me Lonely, Jennifer Nelson (Ahsahta Press)
The Price of Scarlet, Brianna Noll (University Press of Kentucky)
The Nightlife, Elise Paschen (Red Hen Press)
Perception, Christina Pugh (Fourth Estate Books)

2017 Judges

Judges for the 2017 Chicago Review of Books Awards include many representatives from Chicago’s independent bookstores and the Chicago Independent Bookstore Alliance:

As well as members of the Chicago Review of Books and Arcturus magazine editorial and contributing staffs:

Congrats again to last year’s winners and finalists!

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