CNY Book Award finalists named

The YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center has released the list of finalists for the 2013 CNY Book Awards, a series of prizes honoring the best writers from the Central New York region.

The finalists in each category — poetry, fiction and non-fiction — were selected by independent judges, who are also charged with naming a winner in each category.

Poetry Finalists: Sarah C. Harwell, for Sit Down, Traveler

Stephen Kuusisto, for Letters to Borges

Melissa Tuckey, for Tenuous Chapel

Poetry Judge: KateLynn Hibbard, author of Sweet Weight

Fiction Finalists: Patrick Lawler, for Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds

Jennifer Pashley, for The Conjurer

Shawn Goodman, for Kindness for Weakness

Fiction Judge: Mike Czyniejewski, author of Elephants in Our Bedroom

Non-Fiction Finalists: Kathy O’Connell, for Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities

Mark Monmonier, for Lake Effect

Paul Kocak, for World Serious

Non-Fiction Judge: Sonja Livingston, author of Ghostbread

Tuckey and Goodwin are from Ithaca and the rest of the finalists are from Onondaga County. Officials said there were numerous entries from Oswego County.

The winners of the CNY Book Awards will be announced live at this year’s Awards Reception to be held at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 5 at the La Casita Cultural Center.

The event is a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center.

For tickets, contact Arts Branch of the YMCA Executive Director Phil Memmer at 474-6851 x328, or by email at pmemmer@syracuseymca.org.

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