Books by the Banks is excited to recognize the best of the best with its 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.
Main Author Awards
The Books by the Banks Author Awards are sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. Books by the Banks authors who are accepted to the festival are automatically considered for the awards. Authors do not need to apply. Winners receive a cash prize, Rookwood Pottery trophy designed for the event, and special recognition at festival and pre-festival reception. A committee of festival organizers and literary professionals selects the award winners.
- Best Fiction: Chris Bachelder
- Best Nonfiction: Jim Obergefell
- Best Children’s: Loren Long
- Best Teen: Mindy McGinnis
- Best Children’s: Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper
- Best Young Adult: All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
- Emerging Author Award: Friendship of Criminals by Robert Glinski
- Lifetime Achievement: Andrea Cheng