Columbus resident Hanif Abdurraqib Wins 2022 Ohioana Book Award

Anthony Doerr, author of the novel “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” and Hanif Abdurraqib, the Columbus native who wrote “A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance,” are among the 2022 winners of the just-announced Ohioana Book Awards .

Doerr, whose previous novel was “All the Light We Cannot See,” is from Cleveland.

Its winner in the fiction category, “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” is an ambitious novel that weaves five stories spanning time from 15th-century Constantinople far into the future.

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A poet and essayist, Abdurraqib won the Carnegie Medal for his non-fiction book about black entertainers, “A Little Devil in America.” His previous works include the 2016 collection of poetry “The Crown Ain’t Worth Much” and the 2017 collection of essays “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us”.

Anthony Doerr

Additional 2022 winners are Brian Alexander in the Ohio or Ohioan category for his book “The Hospital: Life, Death, and Dollars in a Small American Town”; Felicia Zamora, poetry, for “I Always Carry My Bones”; Jasmine Warga, High School and Young Adult Literature, for “The Shape of Thunder”; and Andrea Wang, Children’s Literature, for “Watercress,” which also won the 2022 Caldecott Medal for Leading Picture Book.

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