The award celebrates noteworthy writing published by authors from the Chicagoland area during the current year in a variety of categories. The panel of judges consisted of representatives from Chicago independent bookstores, and winners were announced December 8.
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore won for best nonfiction. Part biography, part reportage, the book takes a fresh look at the social influences that form this region of the city.
The Lightkeepers, a murder mystery with an unusual setting, by Abby Geni won best fiction.
A historical, time-traveling mystery with sparks of fantasy, The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay, won best debut.