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Robin Judd Named 2024 Ohioana Book Award Finalist

June 3, 2024

Robin Judd Named 2024 Ohioana Book Award Finalist

Between Two Worlds Book Cover and Dr. Robin Judd

Congratulations to Robin Judd on being named a finalist for the 83rd annual Ohioana Book Award for her book, "Between Two Worlds." Since 1942, the Ohioana Book Awards have been presented to recognize outstanding literary achievement by Ohio writers and about Ohio subjects. They are the second oldest state literary prize in the nation. 

In mid-June the Ohioana Library will launch the annual Readers’ Choice Award poll. First held in 2016, the poll allows the public to vote online for their favorite book from among all the finalists. Winners will be announced the week of July 15.

Winners will be announced in July. The 2024 Ohioana Awards ceremony will be held at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Thursday, October 3. 

The finalists are: 


Cunningham, Michael. Day, Random House

Hyde, Allegra. The Last Catastrophe: Stories, Vintage Books

McBride, James. The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, Riverhead Books

McDaniel, Tiffany. On the Savage Side, Knopf

Thai, Thao. Banyan Moon, Mariner Books

Umrigar, Thrity, The Museum of Failures, Algonquin Books


Dawidziak, Mark. A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe, St. Martin’s Press

Gay, Ross. The Book of (More) Delights, Algonquin Books

Judd, Robin. Between Two Worlds: Jewish War Brides after the Holocaust, The University of North Carolina Press

Lohman, Sarah. Endangered Eating: America’s Vanishing Foods, W. W. Norton & Company

Smith, Maggie. You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir, Atria Books

About Ohio/An Ohioan

Bordewich, Fergus M. Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle to Save Reconstruction, Knopf

Grush, Loren. The Six: The Untold Story of America’s First Women Astronauts, Scribner

Meckler, Laura. Dream Town: Shaker Heights and the Quest for Racial Equity, Henry Holt and Company

Schneider, Amy. In the Form of a Question: The Joys and Rewards of a Curious Life, Avid Reader Press

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Illus. by Frank Morrison. How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee, Candlewick


Byas, Taylor. I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times: Poems, Soft Skull Press

Glaser, Elton. Ghost Variations, University of Pittsburgh Press

Hessenauer, Anita M. Let Go, Resource Publications

Reeves, Phoebe. Helen of Bikini, Lily Poetry Review Press

Robinson, Nicole. Without a Field Guide, Unbound Edition Press

Stephens, Dior J. CRUEL/CRUEL, Nightboat Books

Middle Grade & Young Adult Literature

Adams, Richard. Adapted by James Sturm. Illus. by Joe Sutphin. Watership Down: The Graphic Novel, Ten Speed Graphic

Chen, Kara H. L. Love and Resistance, Quill Tree Books 

Erebia, Federico. Pedro & Daniel, Levine Querido

Leahy, Elisa Stone. Tethered to Other Stars, Quill Tree Books

Rex, Adam. A Little Like Waking, Roaring Brook Press

Woodson, Jacqueline. Remember Us, Nancy Paulsen Books

Juvenile Literature

Awan, Jashar. I’m Going to Build a Snowman, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Bentley, Tadgh. One Chicken Nugget, Balzer + Bray

Gray, Gary R. Illus. by Oge Mora. I’m From, Balzer + Bray

Hillenbrand, Will. The Voice in the Hollow, Holiday House

Lee, Chiquita Mullins and Carmella Van Vleet. Illus. by Jennifer Mack-Watkins. You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce! The Storied Life of Folk Artist Elijah Pierce, Kokila