2019 Outstanding Achievement

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Deborah Blum
The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

Jamel Brinkley
A Lucky Man: Stories 

Liam Callanan
Paris by the Book

Lauren Groff

J. M. Holmes
How Are You Going to Save Yourself

Tom Miller
The Philosopher’s Flight

Nick Petrie
Light It Up

Lucy Tan
What We Were Promised

The committee also recognized seven collections of Outstanding Poetry. 

Marilyn Annucci
The Arrows That Choose Us

Jan Chronister
Caught Between Coasts: Collected Poems, 1989-2018

DeWitt Clinton
At the End of the War

Ethel Mortenson Davis
Under the Tail of the Milky Way Galaxy

John Koethe
Walking Backwards: Poems, 1966-2016

Andrea Potos
A Stone to Carry Home

Patricia Williams
Midwest Medley: People and Places, Wild Things and Weather

2018 Outstanding Achievement

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Nicholas Butler
Hearts of Men

Margaret George
Confessions of Young Nero

Douglas Haynes
Every Day We Live is the Future

Steve and Ben Nadler
Heretics: the Wondrous and Dangerous Beginnings of Modern Philosophy

Benjamin Percy
Dark Net

Nicholas Petrie
Burning Bright

Steven Wallace
Obroni and the Chocolate Factory

2016 Outstanding Achievement

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Michelle Brafman
Washing the Dead

Nickolas Butler
Beneath the Bonfire

Sara DeLuca
The Crops Look Good

James Devita
A Winsome

Lauren Fox
Days of Awe

Judith Claire Mitchell
A Reunion of Ghosts

Jennifer Morales
Meet Me Halfway

Benjamin Percy
The Dead Lands

Cynthia Swanson
The Bookseller

Paul Zimmer
The Mysteries of Soldiers Grove 

2017 Outstanding Achievement

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Michelle Brafman
Bertrand Court

Matthew Desmond
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Jane Hamilton
The Excellent Lombards

Shaun Harris
The Hemingway Thief

Matthew Hefti
A Hard and Heavy Thing

Peter Shrake
The Silver Man

Emma Straub
Modern Lovers

Larry Watson
As Good As Gone

2015 Outstanding Achievement

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Katherine Addison
The Goblin Emperor

Forrest Aguirre
Heraclix & Pomp: A Novel of the Fabricated and the Fey

Will Boast
Epilogue: A Memoir

Jordan Ellenberg
How Not To Be Wrong: the Power of Mathematical Thinking

Susan Gloss

John Hildebrand
The Heart of Thing: A Midwestern Almanac

Rebecca Rasmussen

Stuart Rojstaczer
The Mathematician’s Shiva

Susan Vreeland
Lisette’s List

Michelle Wildgen
Bread and Butter


Outstanding Achievement in Poetry

B. J. Best

Sean Bishop
The Night We’re Not Sleeping In

Lisa Marie Brodsky

Angela Sorby
Sleeve Waves

Timothy Walsh
The Book of Arabella