canada africa partner reservation Four Somerville authors named to 2024 Massachusetts Book Awards longlists

Four Somerville authors named to 2024 Massachusetts Book Awards longlists


The Archivists by Daphne Kalotay has also been named to the Longlist in Fiction 2024.

Massachusetts Center for the Book (MCB) is pleased to announce the longlisted titles of the 24th annual Massachusetts Book Awards program. Formerly called the “Must Reads,” these titles represent achievements in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult fiction from Massachusetts writers and illustrators, published in 2023.

“The Mass Book Awards are recognized as one of the strongest state awards programs in the country,” said Courtney Andree, executive director. “This year’s longlists reflect the strength, diversity and vitality of the Commonwealth’s writing community – across all genres.”

In the coming months, program manager Karolina Zapal plans to promote these longlisted books throughout Massachusetts and at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The Adult/Middle Grade and Picture Book/Early Reader categories, as well as an award for translated literature,” said Zapal. “We will invite all of these authors to the State House for an awards ceremony in the fall.”

Fiction Longlist: The light of seven days by River Adams; Rouge by Mona Awad; Ruthless melt by Jeremy P. Bushnell; The last beekeeper by Julie Carrick Dalton; Scorched grace by Margot Douaihy; Kantika by Elizabeth Graver; Shark Heart: A Love Story by Emily Habeck; The Archivists by Daphne Kalotay; Like the appearance of horses by Andrew Krivak; Muckross Abbey and other stories by Sabina Murray; Night angels by Weina Dai Randel; We have always been who we are by Sofia T. Romero.

Like the Appearance of Horses by Andrew Krivak, winner of the Mass Book Award in Fiction 2021, has been included in the Longlist in Fiction 2024.

Non-fiction longlist: He she she by Schuyler Bailar; Spoken word: a cultural history by Joshua Bennett; How infrastructure works by Deb Chachra; Necessary problems by Drew Gilpin Faust; An uncontrolled body by Ani Gjika; The land of the blind by Andrew Leland; What’s wrong by Dan Levitt; Winter Solstice: An Essay by Nina MacLaughlin; Every day something has tried to kill me and failed by Kim McLarin; In the Amazon by Larry Rother; Chomsky and me by Bev Boisseau Stohl; Master Slave Husband Wife by Ilyon Woo.

Poetry Longlist: Navigate the range by Mary Buchinger; Gravity and center by Henri Cole; The Diaspora Sonnets by Oliver de la Paz; Ordinary entanglement by Melissa Dickey; Wild Elegy by Peter Gizzi; Shadow Law by Daniel Brock Johnson; The observable universe by Hannah Larrabee; Spirit::Seeds by Sebastian Merrill; Love is a coast by Hilary Sallick; American scapegoat by Enzo Silon Surin; This far north by Jason Tandon; The mansions by Daniel Tobin.

Love is a Shore by Hilary Sallick has been included on the Longlist in Poetry of 2024.

Longlist middle class/young adults: Everything you need to do by Autumn Allen; Play by Rebecca Caprara; The remarkable rescue at Milkweed Meadow by Elaine Dimopoulos; Pedro & Daniel by Federico Erebia; The song of us by Kate Fussner; A work in progress by Jarrett Lerner; Chinese menu by Grace Lin; Crushed by Megan Wagner Lloyd, illustrated by Michelle Mee Nutter; The fall of Whit Rivera by Crystal Maldonado; The moonlit vine by Elizabeth Santiago; I am not alone by Francisco X. Stork; Ghosts, toast and other dangers by Susan Tan.

Picture book/early reader longlist: If things don’t go well, go left by Marc Colagiovanni, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; When the rivers flow freely by Andrea Debbink, illustrated by Nicole Wong; A very grumpy book by Angela DiTerlizzi, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi; Night owl night by Susan Edwards Richmond; Summer is for cousins by Rajani LaRocca; Once upon a time there was a book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner, illustrated by Grace Lin; Home country by Hannah Moushabeck; Everything is possible by Fred Klein; Mol is not alone by Maya Tatsukawa; Yoshi’s big dive by Mary Wagley Copp; Food for the future by Mia Wenjen; Nana and I: special poems just for us by Jane Yolen.

The Massachusetts Center for the Book, chartered as the Commonwealth Affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, is a public-private partnership charged with developing, supporting and promoting cultural programs that advance the cause of books and reading and the outreach potential of Massachusetts public libraries. For more information: Massachusetts Center for the Book, 17 New South Street, Ste 302, Northampton, 01060. Email: [email protected]. Website: Phone: 413.341.3143; 617.872.3718