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Oregon Authors Coplin, LeGuin Among Finalists For Book Awards

Finalists for this year’s Oregon Book Awards were announced Monday. The categories include fiction, poetry, nonfiction and children’s literature.

Ursula K. Le Guin appeared on OPB's Think Out Loud in May 2013.

Ursula K. Le Guin appeared on OPB’s Think Out Loud in May 2013.

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In the fiction category, Ursula K. Le Guin is nominated for the Ken Kesey Award for her book The Unreal and The Real. The prolific author is up against Amanda Coplin, nominated for her first novel, The Orchardist.

Coplin spoke with OPB’s Think Out Loud in 2012.

Ever since I was a kid, I romanticized being a writer and being, you know, someone legitimate in the world of literature,” says Coplin.

Coplin says her book describes a landscape she loves in North Central Washington. It’s the place she grew up.

Whitney Otto and Roger Hobbs were also nominated for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. Thirty-two writers were nominated across seven categories in the Oregon Book Awards.

Winners will be announced March 17 at the Gerding Theater in Portland. 

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