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Press Release                                                                    October 25, 2016



NHWP announces NH Literary Award Winners

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project, in partnership with the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, has announced the winners of the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards. Books by New Hampshire natives, books by New Hampshire residents, and books that have New Hampshire as a prominent aspect of their content were eligible for nomination.  A New Hampshire writer working in each nomination category served as the final judge to select the winning titles.

The Board of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project is also pleased to honor Elizabeth Marshall Thomas with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Thomas is one of the most widely read American anthropologists, a novelist, and a woman who has observed and written about dogs, cats, and elephants during her long career.  When she is not traveling the globe she lives in Peterborough, NH.

Over the summer, readers were invited to vote online for their favorite book among the nominated titles in each category. The books that received the most votes will be announced at the New Hampshire Literary Awards ceremony and Readers’ Choice awards will be given to those authors by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library.

The awards will be presented on Nov. 3, 2016 at a ceremony being held at the French Auditorium at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. The event will begin at 5:30pm with a reception sponsored by the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Peter Biello, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s All Things Considered, will be the master of ceremonies for the awards. This is a free event, but registration is required at http://tinyurl.com/nhlitawRSVP


The New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a statewide membership-based nonprofit literary-arts organization, serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians, and readers in and near New Hampshire. The organization’s website is www.nhwritersproject.org. Follow on Twitter @nhwritersproj and Facebook at nhwritersproject.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was established in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy, and the literary heritage of New Hampshire and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. They are an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.