Every year the The Massachusetts Center of the Book publishes a book list of “Must Reads” in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry & children’s/young adult literature. To qualify, the books need to have been written by Massachusetts writers or have Massachusetts themes. As stated on the Massachusetts Center for the Book website, “the Massachusetts Book Awards highlight the work of our vital contemporary writing community and encourage readers to do some ‘close reading’ of those imaginative works created by the authors among us.” The award winners for books published in 2011 were announced on September 14, 2012. Links to the catalog records of the winning books in the Minuteman Library Network are below. A full list of the books nominated as “Must Reads” can be located on the Massachusetts Center for the Book website: http://www.massbook.org/massbooks2012.html.
Fiction: Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
Nonfiction: Killer Stuff and Tons of Money by Maureen P. Stanton
Poetry: The Trouble Ball by Martin Espada
Children’s/Young Adult Literature: Chasing the Nightbird by Krista Russell