Award Finalists

Ohioana Award finalists from the years 2008-2017. For the winners, please visit the Past Award Winners page.

2021 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitle
Lee MartinFictionYours, Jean
Tiffany McDanielFictionBetty
TaraShea NesbitFictionBeheld
Connie SchultzFictionThe Daughters of Erietown
Carter SickelsFictionThe Prettiest Star
Maggie DownsNonfictionBraver Than You Think
Saeed JonesNonfictionHow We Fight For Our Lives
Aimee NezhukumatathilNonfictionWorld of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments
Brad RiccaNonfictionOlive the Lionheart: Lost Love, Imperial Spies, and One Woman’s Journey into the Heart of Africa
Paul M. SutterNonfictionHow to Die in Space
Derf BackderfAbout Ohio or an OhioanKent State: Four Dead in Ohio
Carole Genshaft, ed.About Ohio or an OhioanRaggin’ On: The Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s House and Journals
David GiffelsAbout Ohio or an OhioanBarnstorming Ohio to Understand America
Eliese Colette GoldbachAbout Ohio or an OhioanRust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit
Stephen HeymanAbout Ohio or an OhioanThe Planter of Modern Life: Louis Bromfield and the Seeds of a Food Revolution
Ali BlackPoetryIf It Heals at All
Marianne ChanPoetryAll Heathens
Ross GayPoetryBe Holding: A Poem
Paula J. LambertPoetryHow to See the World (Harmony)
Amit MajmudarPoetryWhat He Did in Solitary: Poems
Lita Lorraine Hubbard, Illus. by Oge MoraJuvenile LiteratureThe Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read
Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keila V. Dawson, and Jeanette Bradley, eds. Illus. by Jeannette BradleyJuvenile LiteratureNo Voice Too Small
Jon J. MuthJuvenile LiteratureAddy’s Cup of Sugar: Based on a Buddhist Story of Healing
Adam RexJuvenile LiteratureOn Account of the Gum
Thrity Umrigar, Illus. by Khoa LeJuvenile LiteratureSugar in Milk
Sharon Creech Middle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureOne Time
Justin A. ReynoldsMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureEarly Departures
Mildred D. TaylorMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureAll the Days Past, All the Days to Come
Jacqueline WoodsonMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureBefore the Ever After

2020 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitle
Alex DiFrancescoFictionAll City
Kameron HurleyFictionThe Light Brigade
Jess MontgomeryFictionThe Widows
Jacqueline WoodsonFictionRed At the Bone
Hanif AbdurraqibNonfictionGo Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a
Tribe Called Quest
Douglas BrinkleyNonfictionAmerican Moonshot: John F.
Kennedy and the Great Space Race.
Julie SalamonNonfictionAn Innocent Bystander: The Killing of
Leon Klinghoffer.
Karen AbbottAbout Ohio or an OhioanThe Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg
King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the
Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America.
Sigmund BrouwerAbout Ohio or an OhioanMoon Mission
Jill GrunenwaldAbout Ohio or an OhioanReading Behind Bars: A True Story of
Literature, Law, and Life as a Prison Librarian.
Howard RuffnerAbout Ohio or an OhioanMoments of Truth: A Photographer’s
Experience of Kent State 1970.
Russell AtkinsPoetryWorld’d Too Much: The Selected
Poetry of Russell Atkins.
Anne Lesley SelcerPoetrySun Cycle
Ann TownsendPoetryDear Delinquent
Bruce WeiglPoetryOn the Shores of Welcome Home.
Jean DaigneauMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureCode Cracking for Kids: Secret
Communication Throughout History, with 21 Codes
and Ciphers
Ronni DavisMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureWhen the Stars Lead to You
Mindy McGinnisMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureHeroine
George Takei, with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott,
Illus. by Harmony Becker,
Middle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureThey Called Us Enemy
Rukhsanna Guidroz, Illus. by Dinara MirtalipovaJuvenile LiteratureLeila in Saffron
Kate Hoefler, Illus. by Sarah JacobyJuvenile LiteratureRabbit and the Motorbike
Michelle Houts, Illus. by Bagram IbatoullineJuvenile LiteratureSea Glass Summer
Laura Purdie Salas, Illus. by Angela MattesonJuvenile LiteratureIn the
Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake
House
Salvatore ScibonaFictionThe Volunteer
Jeannie VanascoNonfictionThings We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl
David McCulloughAbout Ohio or an OhioanThe Pioneers
Hanif AbdurraqibPoetryA Fortune for Your Disaster
Jasmine WargaMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureOther Words for Home
Oge MoraJuvenile LiteratureSaturday

2019 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitle
Brad FelverFictionThe Dogs of Detroit: Stories
Jeffrey FordFictionAhab's Return: or, The Last Voyage
Stephen MarkleyFictionOhio: A Novel
Curtis SittenfeldFictionYou Think It, I'll Say It: Stories
Thrity UmrigarFictionThe Secrets Between Us
Wil HaygoodNonfictionI, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100
Stephen KuusistoNonfictionHave Dog, Will Travel
Beth MacyNonfictionDopesick
Susan OrleanNonfictionThe Library Book
Jane CongdonAbout Ohio or an OhioanHow the "Wild" Effect Turned Me into a Hiker at 69
William HazelgroveAbout Ohio or an OhioanWright Brothers, Wrong Story
Lawrence P. JacksonAbout Ohio or an OhioanChester B. Himes: A Biography
Julia Van HaaftenAbout Ohio or an OhioanBerenice Abbott: A Life in Photography
Anne BarngroverPoetryBrazen Creature
Roy BentleyPoetryWalking with Eve in the Loved City
Aimee NezhukumatahilPoetryOceanic
Marcy Campbell, Illus. by Corinna LuykenJuvenile LiteratureAdrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
Denise FlemingJuvenile LiteratureThis is the Nest That Robin Built
Carole Miller GenshaftJuvenile LiteratureAminah's World
Oge MoraJuvenile LiteratureThank You, Omu!
David ArnoldMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureThe Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik
Sharon M. DraperMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureBlended
Michelle HoutsMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureCount the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper
Jacqueline WoodsonMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureHarbor Me
Moriel Rothman-ZecherFictionSadness is a White Bird
David GiffelsNonfictionFurnishing Eternity
Marcus JacksonPoetryPardon My Heart
Jacqueline WoodsonJuvenile LiteratureThe Day You Begin
Ellen KlagesMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureOut of Left Field
Wil HaygoodAbout Ohio or an OhioanTigerland

2018 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCountry
Jeffrey FordFiction A Natural History of Hell: Stories
Ruth Emmie LangFictionBeasts of Extraordinary Circumstances
Robert OlmsteadFictionSavage Country
Thrity UmrigarFictionEverybody's Son
Bob BatchelorNonfictionStan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel
Jennifer BowersNonfictionBetrayer's Waltz
Gene LogsdonNonfictionLetters to a Young Farmer
Brad RiccaNonfictionMrs. Sherlock Holmes
Jonathan BlunkAbout Ohio or an OhioanJames Wright: A Life in Poetry
Ron ChernowAbout Ohio or an OhioanGrant
Robert W. MerryAbout Ohio or an OhioanPresident McKinley: Architect of the American Century
James Reston, Jr.About Ohio or an OhioanA Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial
Kathy FaganPoetrySycamore
Sarah Rose NordgrenPoetryDarwin's Mother
Allison Pitinii DavisPoetryLine Study of a Motel Clerk
Maggie SmithPoetryGood Bones
Mary Kay CarsonJuvenile LiteratureMission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt
Drew DaywaltJuvenile LiteratureThe Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors
Shawn DoughertyJuvenile LiteratureWake
Cynthia RylantJuvenile LiteratureLife
Erin McCahanMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureThe Lake Effect
Margaret RogersonMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureAn Enchantment of Ravens
Julie K. RubiniMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureVirginia Hamilton: America's Storyteller
Tricia SpringstubbMiddle Grade & Young Adult LiteratureCody and the Rules of Life
Celeste NgFictionLittle Fires Everywhere
Deanne StillmanNonfictionBlood Brothers: The Story of the
Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo
Bill
Brian AlexanderAbout Ohio or an OhioanGlass House
Sally DerbyJuvenile LiteratureA New School Year: Stories in Six Voices
Tamara BundyMiddle Grade/Young Adult LiteratureWalking with Miss Millie
Ruth AwardPoetrySet to Music a Wildfire

2017 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Gustine, Amy
FictionYou Should Pity Us Instead
Lucas
McDaniel, Tiffany
FictionThe Summer That Melted Everything
Pickaway
Pollock, Donald Ray
FictionThe Heavenly Table
Ross
Silver, Marisa
FictionLittle Nothing
Cuyahoga
Woodson, Jacqueline
FictionAnother Brooklyn
Franklin
Brinkley, Douglas
NonfictionRightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America
Lucas/Franklin
Macy, Beth
NonfictionTruevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South
Champaign
Mezurek, Kelly D.
NonfictionFor Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops
Lorain
Millard, Candice
NonfictionHero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
Richland
Phillips, Christopher
NonfictionThe Rivers Ran Backward: The Civil War and the Remaking of the American Middle Border
Hamilton
Collins, Martha
PoetryAdmit One: An American Scrapbook

Lorain
Davis, Terri Ellen Cross
PoetryHaint
Cuyahoga
Hartsock, Katie
PoetryBed of Impatiens
Mahoning/Hamilton
Matthias, John
PoetryComplayntes of Doctor Neuro & Other Poems
Franklin
Siegel, James J.
PoetryHow Ghosts Travel
Lucas
Fries-Gaither, Jessica
JuvenileNotable Notebooks: Scientists and Their Writings
Franklin
Lewis, J. Patrick
JuvenileThe Navajo Code Talkers
Franklin
Long, Loren
JuvenileOtis and the Kittens
Hamilton
Payne, C.F. (illus.)
JuvenileMiss Mary Reporting
Hamilton
Macy, Sue
JuvenileMiss Mary Reporting
Stanek, Linda
JuvenileOnce Upon An Elephant
Franklin
Creech, Sharon
Middle Grade / Young AdultMoo: A Novel
Cuyahoga
Derby, Sally
Middle Grade / Young AdultJump Back, Paul: The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar
Hamilton
Knight, Mary
Middle Grade / Young AdultSaving Wonder
Hamilton
Salamon, Julie
Middle Grade / Young AdultMutt's Promise
Adams
Wiechman, Kathy Cannon
Middle Grade / Young AdultEmpty Places
Hamilton
Cenziper, Debbie
About Ohio/An OhioanLove Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality
Obergefell, Jim
About Ohio/An OhioanLove Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality
Hamilton
Connors, Joanna
About Ohio/An OhioanI Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her
Cuyahoga
McDonough, James Lee
About Ohio/An OhioanWilliam Tecumseh Sherman: In the Service of My Country: A Life
Vance, J.D.
About Ohio/An OhioanHillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis
Butler/Warren
White, Ronald C.
About Ohio/An OhioanAmerican Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant

2016 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Russell, Mary Doria
FictionEpitaph: A Novel of the OK CorralCuyahoga
Batiuk, Tom

FictionRoses in December
Medina
Ayers, Chuck
FictionRoses in December
Summit
McClain, Paula
FictionCircling the Sun
Cuyahoga
Roether, Barbara
FictionThis Earth You'll Come Back To
Hancock
Stewart, Leah
FictionThe New Neighbor
Hamilton
Haygood, WilNonfictionShowdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed AmericaFranklin
Bahney, Jennifer Bowers
NonfictionStealing Sisi's Star
Pickaway
Dirda, Michael
NonfictionBrowsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books
Lorain
Greenwald, Marilyn
NonfictionPauline Frederick Reporting: A Pioneering Broadcaster Covers the Cold War
Franklin/Athens
Norris, Mary
NonfictionBetween You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Cuyahoga
Andrews, Nin

PoetryWhy God Is a WomanMahoning
Ross, Gay
PoetryCatalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Mahoning
Golden, Tasha
PoetryOnce You Had Hands
Washington
Greenway, William
PoetrySelected Poems
Mahoning
Gundy, Jeff
PoetryAbandoned Homeland
Allen
Long, Loren
JuvenileLittle TreeHamilton
Borden, Louise
JuvenileKindergarten Luck
Hamilton
Ebbeler, Jeffrey
JuvenileClick!
Hamilton
Peot, Margaret
JuvenileCrow Made a Friend
Montgomery
Pilkey, Dav (illus.)
JuvenileOne Today
Portage
Pearsall, ShelleyMiddle Grade / Young AdultThe Seventh Most Important ThingCuyahoga
Draper, Sharon
Middle Grade / Young AdultStella By Starlight
Hamilton
McGinnis, Mindy
Middle Grade / Young AdultA Madness So Discreet
Morrow
Rosen, Michael J.
Middle Grade / Young AdultThe Tale of Rescue
Franklin
Wiechman, Kathy Cannon
Middle Grade / Young AdultLike a River: A Civil War Novel
Hamilton
McCullough, David
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Wright Brothers
Heath, William
About Ohio/An OhioanWilliam Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest
Mahoning
Rove, Karl
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters
Steinem, Gloria
About Ohio/An OhioanMy Life on the Road
Lucas
Stockwell, Mary
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Other Trail of Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians
Lucas

2015 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Doerr, Anthony
FictionAll the Light We Cannot See
Cuyahoga
Chiaverini, Jennifer
FictionMrs. Lincoln's Rival
Hamilton
McFawn, Monica
FictionBright Shards of Someplace Else
Lucas
Ng, Celeste
FictionEverything I Never Told You
Cuyahoga
Umrigar, Thrity

FictionThe Story Hour
Cuyahoga
Hagedorn, Ann
NonfictionThe Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security
Montgomery
Gilbert, Richard
NonfictionShepherd: A Memoir
Franklin
Pramuk, Christopher
NonfictionHope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line
Hamilton
Rall, Ted
NonfictionAfter We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back as Honored Guests
Montgomery
Zola, Gary Phillip
Nonfiction
"We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and
American Jewry: A Documentary History"
Hamilton
Friebert, Stuart
PoetryFloating HeartLorain
Ankney, Christopher

PoetryHearsay
Defiance
Bilgere, George
PoetryImperial
Hamilton
Greenway, William
PoetryThe Accidental Garden
Mahoning
Grubbs, Gerry
PoetryThe Hive is a Book We Read for Its Honey
Lewis, J. Patrick
JuvenileHarlem Hellfighters
Franklin
Kennedy, Anne Vittur
JuvenileThe Farmer's Away! Baa! Neigh!
Franklin/Delaware
Long, Loren
JuvenileOtis and the Scarecrow
Hamilton
Rosen, Michael J.
JuvenileThe Forever Flowers
Franklin
Woodson, Jacqueline
JuvenileThis is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration
Franklin
Woodson, Jacqueline
Middle Grade / Young AdultBrown Girl DreamingFranklin
Carson, Mary Kay
Middle Grade / Young AdultPark Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard
Hamilton
Creech, Sharon
Middle Grade / Young AdultThe Boy On the Porch
Cuyahoga
Houts, Michelle
Middle Grade / Young AdultWinterfrost
Mercer
Lewis, J. Patrick
Middle Grade / Young AdultVoices from the March On Washington
Franklin
Gold, Betty
About Ohio/An OhioanBeyond Trochenbrod: The Betty Gold Story
Cuyahoga
Hodermarsky, Mark
About Ohio/An OhioanBeyond Trochenbrod: The Betty Gold Story
Cuyahoga
Huhn, Rick
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title That Became a National Obsession
Franklin
Logsdon, Gene
About Ohio/An OhioanGene Everlasting: A Contrary Farmer's Thoughts On Living Forever
Wyandott
Leonard, Lee
About Ohio/An OhioanJames A. Rhodes: Ohio ColossusFranklin
Diemer, Tom
About Ohio/An OhioanJames A. Rhodes: Ohio ColossusFranklin
Oller, John
About Ohio/An OhioanAmerican Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague
Sandusky

2014 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Hoffman, Beth
FictionLooking For MeHamilton
Bog, Justin
FictionSandcastle and Other Stories
Licking
Brazaitis, Mark
FictionJulia & Rodrigo
Cuyahoga
Gass, William H.
FictionMiddle C.
Trumbull
Stewart, Leah
FictionThe History of Us
Hamilton
Weisgarber, Ann
FictionThe Promise
Montgomery
Ricca, Brad
NonfictionSuper Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster--The Creators of SupermanCuyahoga
Barnett, Joseph
NonfictionMr. Joe: Tales from a Haunted Life
Warren
Congdon, Jane
NonfictionMr. Joe: Tales from a Haunted Life
Bashor, Will
NonfictionMarie Antoinette’s Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution
Franklin
Davis, William E., Jr.
NonfictionAlexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology
Burrt, Edward H., Jr.
NonfictionAlexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology
Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology
Taxel, Laura
NonfictionCleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking
Cuyahoga
Suszko, Marilou
NonfictionCleveland’s West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking
Lucas
Williams, Geoff
NonfictionWashed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever
Montgomery
Ali, Kazim
PoetrySky WardLorain
Baker, David
PoetryHunger to Hunger: Hungry/Foame
Licking
Giovanni, Nikki
PoetryChasing Utopia: A Hybrid
Hamilton
Harvey, Yona
PoetryHemming the Water
Hamilton
Stone, Myrna
PoetryIn the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father
Darke
Cheng, Andrea
PoetryEtched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and PoetHamilton
Charlton-Trujillo
JuvenileFat Angie
Hamilton
Goldsmith, Suzanne
JuvenileWashashore
Franklin
Klein, Lisa
JuvenileLove Disguised
Franklin
Lewis, J. Patrick
JuvenileWhen Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
Franklin
McGinnis, Mindy
JuvenileNot a Drop to Drink
Morrow
Goodwin, Doris Kearns
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism
Anderson, Melanie R.

About Ohio/An OhioanSpectrality in the Novels of Toni Morrison
Sferrazza Anthony, Carl
About Ohio/An Ohioan"Ida McKinley: The Turn-
of-the-Century First Lady through War,
Assassination, and Secret Disability"
Hatch, Thom
About Ohio/An OhioanGlorious War: The Civil War Adventures of George Armstrong Custer
Tocquigny, Rick
About Ohio/An Ohioan"When Core Values
Are Strategic: How the Basic Values of Procter &
Gamble Transformed Leadership at Fortune 500
Companies"
Hamilton
Butcher, Andy
About Ohio/An Ohioan"When Core Values
Are Strategic: How the Basic Values of Procter &
Gamble Transformed Leadership at Fortune 500
Companies"

2013 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Olmstead, Robert
FictionThe Coldest NightDelaware
Morrison, Toni
FictionHome
Lorain
Chaon, Dan
FictionStay Awake: Stories
Cuyahoga
Umrigar, Thrity
FictionThe World We Found
Cuyahoga
Zickefoose, Julie
NonfictionThe Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds
Washington
Frye, Joanne S.
NonfictionBiting the Moon: A Memoir of Feminism and MotherhoodWayne
Sanders, Scott Russell
NonfictionEarth Works: Selected Essays
Portage
Gibbs, Nancy
NonfictionThe Presidents' Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
Duffy, Michael
NonfictionThe Presidents' Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity
Martin, Lee
NonfictionSuch a Life
Franklin
Logsdon, Gene
NonfictionA Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions
Wyandott
Waggoner, David
PoetryAfter the Point of No Return
Stark
Weems, Mary E.
PoetryFor (e) closure
Cuyahoga
Hilles, Rick
PoetryA Map of the Lost World
Stark/Portage
Looney, George
PoetryMonks Beginning to Waltz
Hamilton
Collins, Martha
PoetryWhite PapersLorain
Woodson, Jacqueline
JuvenileEach Kindness
Franklin
Hillenbrand, Will
JuvenileKite Day: A Bear and Mole Story
Hamilton
Lewis, J. Patrick
JuvenileLast Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
Franklin
Yolen, Jane
JuvenileLast Laughs: Animal Epitaphs
Clayton, Colleen
JuvenileWhat Happens Next
Cuyahoga
Kiser, Joy
About Ohio/An OhioanAmerica's Other AudubonSummit
Ziff, Katherine
About Ohio/An OhioanAsylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape
Athens
Caps, John
About Ohio/An OhioanHenry Mancini: Reinventing Film Music
Cuyahoga
LaBarbara, Jim
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Music Professor: A Life Amplified Through Radio and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Hamilton
Meyers, David
About Ohio/An OhioanOhio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State
Franklin
Watkins, Candice
About Ohio/An OhioanOhio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State
Franklin
Howard, Arnett
About Ohio/An OhioanOhio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State
Franklin
Loeffler, James
About Ohio/An OhioanOhio Jazz: A History of Jazz in the Buckeye State
Franklin
Bush, Perry
About Ohio/An OhioanRust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community Took on Big Oil and Won
Allen
Vreeland, SusanBook Set in Ohio (Special Category)
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
Chevalier, Tracy
Book Set in Ohio (Special Category)
The Last Runaway

2012 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
McClain, Paula
FictionThe Paris WifeCuyahoga
Pollock, Donald Ray
FictionThe Devil All the Time
Ross
Cline, Ernest
FictionReady Player One
Ashland
Castillo, Linda
FictionBreaking Silence
Lucas
Russell, Mary Doria
FictionDoc: A Novel
Cuyahoga
Wilson, Tom (II)
FictionZiggy
Cuyahoga
Orlean, Susan
NonfictionRin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
Cuyahoga
Bialosky, Jill
NonfictionHistory of a Suicide: My Sister's Unfinished Life
Cuyahoga
Haas, Jacqui Greene
NonfictionDance Anatomy
Hamilton
Kritsky, Gene
NonfictionThe Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture
Hamilton
Coan, Peter Morton
NonfictionToward a Better Life: America's New Immigrants in Their Own Words--from Ellis Island to the Present
Cuyahoga
Gallaher, John
PoetryYour Father on the Train of Ghosts
Athens
Waldrep, G.C.
PoetryYour Father on the Train of Ghosts
Lucas, Dave
PoetryWeather: PoemsCuyahoga
Miltner, Robert
PoetryHotel Utopia
Cuyahoga
Stine, Alison
PoetryWait
Licking
Ramspeck, Doug
PoetryMechanical Fireflies
Allen
Adoff, Arnold
JuvenileRoots and Blues: A Celebration
Franklin
Cheng, Andrea
JuvenileWhere Do You Stay?Hamilton
Carson, Rae
JuvenileGirl of Fire and ThornsFranklin
Dutton, Sandra
JuvenileMary Mae and the Gospel Truth
Hamilton
Roth, Ty
JuvenileSo Shelly
Erie
Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn
JuvenileCousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems
Hamilton
Markle, Sandra
JuvenileButterfly Tree
Wood
Brown, Dale
About Ohio/An OhioanLiterary Cincinnati: The Missing Chapter
Hamilton
Charry, Michael
About Ohio/An OhioanGeorge Szell: A Life of Music
Cuyahoga
Horowitz, Tony
About Ohio/An OhioanMidnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
Millard, Candice
About Ohio/An OhioanDestiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a PresidentRichland
Tolzman, Don Heinrich
About Ohio/An OhioanOver-the-Rhine Tour Guide: Cincinnati's Historic German District, Over-the-Rhine, and Environs
Hamilton

2011 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Weisgarber, Ann
FictionThe Personal History of Rachel DuPree
Montgomery
Cunningham, Michael
FictionBy Nightfall
Ha
Buckley, Carla
FictionThe Things That Keep us Here
Franklin
King, James
FictionBill Warrington's Last Chance
Cuyahoga
Doerr, Anthony
FictionMemory WallCuyahoga
Black, Lisa
NonfictionTrail of Blood

Cuyahoga
Gup, Ted
NonfictionA Secret Gift: How One Man’'s Kindness – And a Trove of Letters – Revealed the Hidden Story of the Great Depression Stark
Heimlich, Jane
NonfictionOut of Step
Hamilton
Meyer, David L.
NonfictionA Sea Without Fish
Hamilton
Davis, Richard Arnold
NonfictionA Sea Without Fish
Hamilton
Schulz, Katherine
NonfictionBeing Wrong
Cuyahoga
Schiff, Thomas
NonfictionWright Panorama
Hamilton
Johnson, Daniel
PoetryHow to Catch a Falling Knife
Columbiana
Stone, Myrna
PoetryThe Casanova Chronicles
Darke
Young, David
PoetryField of Light & Shadow: Selected New PoemsLorain
Bilgere, George
PoetryThe White Museum
Hamilton
Suarez, Lou
PoetryTraveler
Franklin/Stark
Klein, Lisa
JuvenileCate of the Lost Colony
Franklin
Draper, Sharon
JuvenileOut of My Mind
Hamilton
Springstubb, Tricia
JuvenileWhat Happened on Fox Street
Cuyahoga
Nelson, Marilyn
JuvenileSnook Alone
Cuyahoga
Markle, Sandra
JuvenileHip-pocket Papa
Wood
Millen, C.M.

JuvenileThe Ink Garden of Brother Theophane
Lucas
Philbrick, Nathaniel
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Adoff, Arnold
About Ohio/An OhioanVirginia Hamilton: Speechs, Essays and Conversations Franklin
Cook, Kacy
About Ohio/An OhioanVirginia Hamilton: Speechs, Essays and Conversations Summit
Nuxhall, Phil
About Ohio/An OhioanBeauty in the Grove: Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
Hamilton
Morgan, Michael
About Ohio/An OhioanOver-the-Rhine: When Beer Was King
Hamilton
Dyer, Joyce
About Ohio/An OhioanGoosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood
Portage

2010 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Umrigar, Thrity
FictionThe Weight of Heaven
Cuyahoga
Chaon, Dan
FictionAwait Your ReplyCuyahoga
Morgan, C.E.
FictionAll the Living
All the Living
Olmstead, Robert
FictionFar Bright Star
Delaware
Patterson, Richard North
FictionThe Spire
Delaware
Thorndike, John
NonfictionLast of His Mind
Athens
Haygood, Wil
NonfictionSweet Thunder
Franklin
Brinkley, Douglas
NonfictionWilderness Wonder
Lucas/Franklin
Sanders, Scott Russell
NonfictionThe Conservationist Manifesto
Portage
Collins, Gail
NonfictionWhen Everything Changes: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the PresentHamilton
Dove, Rita
PoetrySonata Mulattica: PoemsSummit
Ali, Kazim
PoetryBright Felon
Lorain
Baker, David
PoetryNever-Ending Birds
Licking
Oliver, Mary
PoetryEvidence
Cuyahoga
Nelson, Marilyn
JuvenileSweethearts of Rhythm
Cuyahoga
Rosen, Michael J.
JuvenileCuckoo's HaikuFranklin
Creech, Sharon
JuvenileUnfinished Angel
Cuyahoga
Durrant, Lynda
JuvenileImperfections
Summit
Smith, Jeff
JuvenileLittle Mouse Gets ReadyFranklin
Garsee, Jeannine
JuvenileSay the Word
Cuyahoga
McCormac, Jim
About Ohio/An OhioanWild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural HeritageSummit
Meszaros, Gary
About Ohio/An OhioanWild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural HeritageFranklin
Robenalt, James
About Ohio/An OhioanThe Harding Affair
Marion
Metzger, Lynn
About Ohio/An OhioanCanal Fever
Summit
Bobel, Peg
About Ohio/An OhioanCanal Fever
Summit
Nelson, Daniel
About Ohio/An OhioanPassion for the Land
Summit

2009 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Clarke, Brock
FictionAn Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
Hamilton
Sittenfeld, CurtisFictionAmerican WifeHamilton
Kluge, P.F.
FictionGone TomorrowKnox
McGraw, Erin
FictionThe Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard
Franklin
Morrison, Toni
FictionA Mercy
Lorain
Scibona, Salvatore
FictionThe End
Cuyahoga
Dean, John W.
NonfictionPure Goldwater
Summit
Mansoor, PeterNonfictionBaghdad at Sunrise: A Brigade Commander's WarFranklin
Dodd, Elizabeth
NonfictionIn the Mind's Eye: Essays Across the Animate World
Athens
Mullen, Patrick B.
NonfictionThe Man Who Adores the Negro
Franklin
Salamon, Julie
NonfictionHospital
Adams
Arroyo, Rain
PoetryThe Roswell Poems
Lucas
Greenway, William
PoetryEverywhere at OnceMahoning
Howard, Richard
PoetryWithout Saying
Cuyahoga
Spires, Elizabeth
PoetryThe Wave-Maker
Fairfield
Weems, Mary E.
PoetryAn Unmistakable Shade of Red
Cuyahoga
Adoff, Jaime
JuvenileThe Death of Jason Porter
Greene
Cheng, Andrea
JuvenileWhere the Steps Were
Hamilton
Qamar, Amjed
JuvenileBeneath My Mother's FeetFranklin
Rosen, Michael J.
JuvenileOur Farm
Perry
Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn
JuvenileThe Floating Circus
Trumbull
Albacete, M.J.
About Ohio/An OhioanClyde Singer's America
Stark
Borowiec, Andrew
About Ohio/An OhioanCleveland
Summit
Flischel, Robert A.
About Ohio/An OhioanThe University of Cincinnati
Hamilton
Giffels, David J.
About Ohio/An OhioanAll the Way Home: Building a Family in a Falling-Down HouseSummit
Vazzano, Frank P.
About Ohio/An OhioanPolitician Extraordinaire
Stark

2008 Finalists

NameAward CategoryTitleCounty
Corbett, David
FictionBlood of Paradise
Franklin
Norman, Howard
FictionDevotion
Lucas
Olmstead, Robert
Fiction
Coal Black HorseDelaware
White, Edmund

FictionHotel de Dream
Hamilton
Zink, William
FictionOhio River Dialogues
Summit
Dean, John
NonfictionBroken Government
Summit
Doerr, Anthony
NonfictionFour Seasons in Rome
Cuyahoga
Hagedorn, Ann
NonfictionSavage Peace: Hope and Fear in America 1919Montgomery/Brown
Schultz, Connie
Nonfiction…And His Lovely Wife
Cuyahoga
Tevis, Joni
NonfictionThe Wet Collection
Belmont
Andrews, Nin
PoetrySleeping with Houdini
Mahoning
Gallaher, John
PoetryThe Little Book of Guesses
Athens
Giovanni, Nikki
PoetryAcolytes
Hamilton
Martin, Herbert Woodward
PoetryInscribing My Name
Montgomery
Sporluck, Larissa
PoetryEmbryos and Idiots
Wood
Zimmer, Paul
PoetryCrossing to Sunlight: RevisitedStark
Babbitt, Natalie
JuvenileJack Plank Tells Tales
Montgomery
Draper, Sharon
JuvenileFire from the Rock
Hamilton
Haddix, Margaret Peterson
JuvenileUprisingFayette/Delaware
Fitzgerald, Dawn
JuvenileVinnie and Abraham
Cuyahoga
Johnson, Angela
JuvenileWind Flyers
Portage
Garis, Leslie
Book About Ohio/an OhioanHouse of Happy Endings
Griffith, Deborah , ed.
Book About Ohio/an OhioanOut of the Woods
Haverstock, Mary Sayre
Book About Ohio/an OhioanGeorge Bellows: An Artist in Action
Lorain
Lowenfish, Lee
Book About Ohio/an OhioanBranch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman
Sullivan, George
Book About Ohio/an OhioanBerenice Abbott: Photographer
Watts, Lisa, ed.
Book About Ohio/an OhioanGood Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio