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Saturday, October 28, 2017 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

Free Admission

Rookwood Author Award

Author Awards
One again, Books by the Banks recognized the best of the best with our 3rd annual Author Awards. These awards are meant to honor the abilities of our wonderful writers and say thank you for making our festival one of the best in the country. We are so grateful to The Scripps Howard Foundation for generously supporting the Author Awards. Winners were announced at a special reception the evening before the festival and took home a Rookwood Pottery trophy designed exclusively for the festival. The winners are:

  • Best Fiction: Stephanie Powell Watts (No One is Coming to Save Us)
  • Best Nonfiction: Brian Alexander (Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town)
  • Breakthrough Author: Gretchen Carlson (Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back)
  • Best Children’s: Rafael Lopez (Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood)
  • Best Teen: Adi Alsaid (North of Happy)

Books by the Banks Writing Contest Sponsor

Writing Contest
The 2017 Books by the Banks Writing Contest was made possible by the McLane Foundation, which is committed to supporting literacy and education in our region. While only some of the entries received recognition, festival organizers would like to thank all who entered the contest and for sharing your stories. The winners are:

  • Adult 1st place: Richard Hague 
    • “My grandmother closed her eyes when slicing thick slabs of it for my grandfather’s lunch. “Why do you close your eyes when you cut?” I asked her once. “It made the bologna go further,” she said.”  From The Art of Creative Nonfiction.
  • Adult 2nd place: Rachel Lippolis
    • “Turn off the headlights,” he said. Sergeant Andrew reached into the truck’s cab and pulled a large rifle out of the duffel bag he’d picked up at the outpost.
      “Sir?” It was all she could think to say.
      He held up one finger to silence her then cocked the gun. “Turn on the headlights.”  From Legend of the Jackalope.
  • Adult 3rd place: Barbara David 
    • “Take off your shoe, and throw it through the window.” Mom’s frail arm jerked forward, as if throwing something. “We have to get out of here.”  From Broken Windows.
  • Teen 1st place: Jenna Bao 
    • “They exist above a stream of silent forgiveness. She does not remember the last time she apologized to her mother, does not remember the last time her mother apologized to her, although there have been more than enough transgressions on both sides.”  From Left Unsaid.
  • Teen 2nd place: Natalie Muglia
    • “You take a deep breath, and then cough out the dust. You look reverently down at the book you’ve been waiting so long to open and you’re about to flip open the cover but . . . you can’t.”  From The Missing Piece.
  • Teen 3rd place: Joseph Kiely 
    • “When the last pecan pie had cooled beside his open window, cakes and pies of myriad size and various dishes (foreign and domestic) were crammed into baskets and creels to be driven to Quaker’s Hill; Eugene believed this to be the only site offering unblemished views of the river below. ” From Forgive-ants.