Evanston’s Peter Ferry is one of the four winners of the Chicago Writers Association’s fifth annual Book of the Year Awards. The categories and awards are:

Traditional Fiction: “Old Heart” by Peter Ferry

Non-Traditional Fiction: “The Wet Nose of Danger” by James Finn Garner

Traditional Non-Fiction: “Empire of Deception” by Dean Jobb

Non-Traditional Non-Fiction: “A Different Kind of Same” by Kelley Clink

The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at The Book Cellar, 4736-38 Lincoln Ave., in Chicago’s Lincoln Square. At the event, which is free and open to the public, the authors will be invited to read from their award-winning books and have copies available for purchase and signing.

“The number and quality of the entries rises with each year that we hold this contest,” said Randy Richardson, president of the Chicago Writers Association. “The competition level was incredibly close this year. Our finalist judges were tasked with the unenviable job of choosing just one winner for each individual category. I applaud their work in selecting these shining examples of the wealth of literary talent we have in Chicagoland. I also congratulate each of the four authors whose books have been given this well-deserved spotlight.”

Mr. Evans described “Old Heart” as “an art novel with a mesmerizing plot, skillful in its use of place and history, poignant in its representation of young, middle-aged and old characters, and wonderful in its examination of lives within lives.”