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Meet the 14 Vermont authors who are the 2022 Vermont Book Award finalists

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Karen Anderson
Vermont Public
A selection of the books from the 2022 list of Vermont Book Awards finalists.

If you're a fan of reading books by Vermont authors, this is an exciting time of year. That’s because the Vermont Department of Libraries, Vermont Humanities, and Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) is announcing the finalists for the Vermont Book Award.

Created in 2014 by VCFA, the award celebrates works of outstanding literary merit by Vermont writers. This year’s award honors books published in 2022.

Miciah Bay Gault, MFA in Writing Coordinator for theVermont Book Award, joined Vermont Public’s Mitch Wertlieb to announce the finalists yet again.

The nominees fall within four categories: creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry and children’s literature.

This year’s finalists include two picture books and a book by a Nobel laureate, as well as novels, memoirs, and collections of poetry.

Miciah Bay Gault sits behind white table with books on it.
Karen Anderson
Vermont Public
Miciah Bay Gault announces the 2022 Vermont Book Award finalists.

The 2022 Vermont Book Award finalists are:

Creative nonfiction

· Nancy Marie Brown for Looking for the Hidden Folk: How Iceland's Elves Can Save the Earth

· Kathryn Davis for Aurelia, Aurélia

· Peter Orner for Still No Word from You: Notes in the Margin


· Caren Beilin for Revenge of the Scapegoat

· Ann Dávila Cardinal for The Storyteller’s Death

· Louise Glück for Marigold and Rose

· Erin Stalcup for Keen


· Rage Hezekiah for Yearn

· Carol Potter for What Happens Next Is Anyone's Guess

· Bianca Stone for What Is Otherwise Infinite

Children’s literature

· Margot Harrison for We Made it All Up (young adult)

· Jo Knowles for Meant to Be (middle grade)

· Zoë Tilley Poster for The Night Wild (picture book)

· Leda Schubert for Firsts and Lasts: The Changing Seasons (picture book)

The winners in each category will be announced at the Vermont Book Award celebration, held on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 7 p.m. in Alumnx Hall on the VCFA campus in Montpelier. The event is hosted by Vermont Humanities.

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A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Karen is Vermont Public's Director of Radio Programming, serving Vermonters by overseeing the sound of Vermont Public's radio broadcast service. Karen has a long history with public radio, beginning in the early 2000's with the launch of the weekly classical music program, Sunday Bach. Karen's undergraduate degree is in Broadcast Journalism, and she has worked for public radio in Vermont and St. Louis, MO, in areas of production, programming, traffic, operations and news. She has produced many projects for broadcast over the years, including the Vermont Public Choral Hour, with host Linda Radtke, and interviews with local newsmakers with Morning Edition host Mitch Wertlieb. In 2021 Karen worked with co-producer Betty Smith on a national collaboration with StoryCorps One Small Step, connecting Vermonters one conversation at a time.
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