54th GAYA (2018)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sharan Strange

 

POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Thomas Lux

 

Category: CHILDREN’S BOOK

Winner: Vickie McEntire, Little Bird & Myrtle Turtle     

Finalist: Dan Carlton, Ollie and the Wise Old Owl

 

Category: DETECTIVE/MYSTERY 

Winner: Roger Johns, Dark River Rising 

Finalist: Maggie Toussaint, Dadgummit

 

Category: FIRST NOVEL

Winner: Peter McDade, The Weight of Sound 

Finalist: Christopher Swann, Shadow of the Lions 

 

Category: HISTORY/BIOGRAPHY

Winner: Dawn Peterson, Indians in the Family: Adoption and the Politics of Antebellum Expansion 

Finalist: Mehrsa Baradaran, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap 

 

Category: INSPIRATIONAL

Winner: Deborah Malone, Blooming in Broken Places

Finalist: Candace L. Long, The Ancient Path to Creativity and Innovation: Where Left and Right Brains Meet 

 

Category: LITERARY FICTION 

Winner: Man Martin, The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome 

Finalist: Anna Schachner, You and I and Someone Else 

Honorable Mention: Daren Wang, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires

 

Category: MEMOIR

Winner: Christopher Martin, This Gladdening Light: An Ecology of Fatherhood and Faith 

Finalist: Stephen Corey, Startled at the Big Sound: Essays Personal, Cultural, and Literary 

 

Category: POETRY CHAPBOOK

Winner: Jane Simpson, On the Porch, Under the Eave 

Finalist: K. B. Kincer, After the Transplant 

 

Category: POETRY FULL-LENGTH BOOK

Winner: Andrea Jurjević, Small Crimes 

Finalist: Danielle Hanson, Ambushing Water 

 

Category: ROMANCE

Winner: Sally Kilpatrick, Bless Her Heart

Finalist: Marilyn Baron, The Alibi 

 

Category: SHORT STORY COLLECTION

Winner: Michael Bishop, Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories 

Finalist: D. B. Martin, Terror Tales Vol. 1 

 

Category: SPECIALTY BOOK

Winner: Jason Thrasher, Athens Potluck 

Finalist: Jimmy Carter, The Craftsmanship of Jimmy Carter 

 

Category: YOUNG ADULT

Winner: Aaron Levy, Blood Don’t Lie

Finalist: McCall Hoyle, The Thing with Feathers