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This one’s going out to those of you who may have wondered why all the major book awards seem to come from places other than Chicago. Considering the breadth and depth of the literary landscape here, it’s a bit shocking that we have so few awards to name off the top of our heads. Introducing the Chicago Review of Books
Awards. As they say on their website about the awards:
“. . . the Chicago Review of Books – in partnership with Chicago’s independent bookstores – wants to recognize Chicago-land authors and help them reach more bookshelves across the city, the country, and the world.
This fall, the inaugural Chicago Review of Books Awards (‘Chirbys,’ for short) will celebrate the best books published in 2016 by writers in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.”
They go on to mention that the winners in each category will be announced live on Dec. 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Volumes Bookcafe in Wicker Park, at a free public awards ceremony and book signing that will feature panel conversations between some of the authors In each category about their books, writing process, and Chicago inspirations.