Submitted by the Massachusetts Center for the Book
Highlighting the vitality and significance of literary culture in the Commonwealth, the 16th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards Ceremony took place at the State House on Tuesday, December 6th. The 2016 winning authors and their families, colleagues, legislators, judges, past award winners, and the book-loving public were on hand to celebrate the awards.
Amongst the honored writers was Bedford resident Joyce Peseroff, whose book of poetry Know Thyself, a collection that confronts life, love and politics with seriousness and joy, was designated a 2016 “Must Read.” Representative Kenneth I. Gordon presented the award and citation to Ms. Peseroff.
The “Mass Books,” considered to be among the most select state book award programs in the nation, are awarded to significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects. Award-‐winning broadcast journalist and author Hank Phillippi Ryan was the Master of Ceremonies for the event and Representative Cory Atkins provided the formal welcome on behalf of the Legislature.
The Massachusetts Book Awards are administered by Massachusetts Center for the Book in partnership with Commonwealth libraries. The panel of judges is drawn from the library community across the state.
The Massachusetts Center for the Book is a public-‐private partnership, chartered as the Commonwealth affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. It is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the General Court, administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and by organizational and in-‐kind support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.