Oklahoma Book Awards

2020-Oklahoma Book Awards

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The following books have been selected as finalists in the thirty-first Annual Oklahoma Book Award Competition. The books are listed in alphabetical order according to the last name of the lead author, illustrator, designer, or photographer.


Children / Young Adult

A Pirates Life for She: Swashbuckling Women Through the Ages
by Laura Sook Duncombe
Chicago Review Press

by Kate Hannigan
Simon & Schuster

Bear is Awake!
by Hannah E. Harrison
Penguin Random House

Chickasaw Adventures: The Complete Collection
by Tom Lyle
White Dog Press

A Little Chicken
by Tammi Sauer
Sterling Publishing Company

Nugget & Fang Go To School
by Tammi Sauer
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Design / Illustration

To the Max: Max Weitzenhoffer’s Magical Trip from Oklahoma to New York and London—And Back
Book Design by Carl Brune
Full Circle Press

Protecting Our People: Chickasaw Law Enforcement in Indian Territory
Cover design by Corey Fetters and book design by Gentry Fisher
Chickasaw Press

Bear is Awake!
illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison
Penguin Random House

Yogi: The Life, Loves, and Language of Baseball Legend Yogi Berra
illustrated by Terry Widener
Highlights Press


Shadow of the Taj
by Lara Bernhardt
Black Opal Books

The Last Chance Lawyer
by William Bernhardt
Babylon Books

The Wrong Girl
by Donis Casey
Poisoned Pen Press

Seeking Grace in Beulah Land
by Lu Clifton
Two Shadows Books

Crystalline Crypt
by Mary Coley
Moonglow Books

West of Alva
by Dave Eagleston
Dave Eagleston Publisher

by Mary Anna Evans
Poisoned Pen Press

The Tale Teller
by Anne Hillerman

A Forgotten Evil
by Sheldon Russell
Cynren Press


Voices from the Heartland: Volume II
edited by Sara N. Beam, Emily Dial-Driver, Rilla Askew, and Juliet Evusa
University of Oklahoma Press

Oklahoma’s Atticus: An Innocent Man and the Lawyer Who Fought for Him
by Hunter Howe Cates
University of Nebraska Press

Painting Culture, Painting Nature: Stephen Mopope, Oscar Jacobson, and the Development of Indian Art in Oklahoma
by Gunlög Fur
University of Oklahoma Press

The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality
by Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
Penguin Random House

Tulsa 1921: Reporting a Massacre
by Randy Krehbiel
University of Oklahoma Press

Conviction: The Murder Trial That Powered Thurgood Marshall’s Fight for Civil Rights
by Denver Nicks and John Nicks
Lawrence Hill Books

Black Towns, Black Futures: The Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West
by Karla Slocum
The University of North Carolina Press

The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film
by W.K. Stratton
Bloomsbury Publishing


100 Years
by Nathan Brown
Mezcalita Press

Not Quite Pilgrims
by Ken Hada
Virtual Artist Collective

An American Sunrise
by Joy Harjo
W.W. Norton and Company

Red Corn Moon: Songs of the Harvest
by Karen Kay Knauss
Peach Tree Press

Black Sunday
by Benjamin Myers
Lamar University Press

For more information, contact Connie G. Armstrong, Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for the Book, 200 N.E. 18th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, or email connie.armstrong@libraries.ok.gov or call 405/522-3383.

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