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Local Authors are Finalists for the Vermont Book Awards 

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Five central Vermont authors join a list of finalists for the 2022 Vermont Book Awards, according to a release from the Vermont Department of Libraries, Vermont Humanities, and the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA).

Local finalists are Montpelier authors Kathryn Davis and Louise Glück, Morrisville author and former VCFA staff member Ann Dávila Cardinal, Barre author Erin Stalcup, and former “north central Vermont” resident Leda Schubert, who is also a former core faculty member for the VCFA Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

According to the release, the Vermont Book Awards were created by VCFA in 2014, and are now a collaborative effort between the three organizations, “celebrating outstanding literature by Vermont authors.”

 Independent Vermont booksellers as well as librarians, publishers, and readers nominated books published by Vermont authors in 2022 for consideration. A panel of judges chose finalists in four categories — creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and children’s literature — from almost 50 nominations. This year’s finalists include two picture books and a book by a Nobel laureate, as well as novels, memoirs, and collections of poetry.

The creative nonfiction finalists are:

  • Nancy Marie Brown for “Looking for the Hidden Folk: How Iceland’s Elves Can Save the Earth”
  • Kathryn Davis for “Aurelia, Aurélia”
  • Peter Orner for “Still No Word from You”
The fiction finalists are:

  • Caren Beilin for “Revenge of the Scapegoat”
  • Ann Dávila Cardinal for “The Storyteller’s Death”
  • Louise Glück for “Marigold and Rose”
  • Erin Stalcup for “Keen”
The poetry finalists are:

  • Rage Hezekiah for “Yearn”
  • Carol Potter for “What Happens Next is Anyone’s Guess”
  •  Bianca Stone for “What is Otherwise Infinite”
The children’s lit finalists are:

  • Margot Harrison for “We Made it All Up” (Young Adult)
  • Jo Knowles for “Meant to Be” (middle grade)
  • Zoë Tilley Poster for “The Night Wild” (picture book)
  • Leda Schubert for “Firsts and Lasts: The Changing Seasons” (picture book)
The winners in each category will be announced at the Vermont Book Award celebration, held on Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the VCFA campus. The dessert-and-cocktail event is hosted by Vermont Humanities and will include special guest presenters. All attendees will go home with at least one gift book. Tickets for the celebration can be purchased at bit.ly/vtbookawards.