The Dorrys – Books

The Dorrys honor the best in the past year’s books and literature, or more specifically any books and literature that first appeared in Rhode Island or a border town between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016.


Now COME TO THE DORRIES! Hear the winners announced live, stand in a room full of nominees, and be surprised by how much you didn’t even know there was to offer here in Rhode Island.

Book of the Year – Fiction
Thomas Cobb, Darkness The Color of Snow
Jayne Conway, As It Seems
Corentin Corre, Thanksgiving
Rachael Mcintosh, The Big Show
Hilary Salk, Eavesdropping In Oberammergau
Dawn Tripp, Georgia

Book of the Year – Non-Fiction
Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke, Light: The Invisible Spectrum
Paul Caranci, Scoundrels : Defining Corruption Through Tales of Political Intrigue in Rhode Island
Christine Jenkins, Fake Smiles & Lasagna
Bill Reynolds, Hope: A School, A Team, A Dream
Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast, The Ferry Home

Book of the Year – Children’s / Teen
Leo Frisk Jr., A Cricket’s Thanksgiving
Rebecca Maizel, Season for Fireflies
Claudine Pepin, Let’s Cook French
Eric Sturtevant, Ducky Ducky Likes To Moo
Jean Taft, Worm Weather
Sean Fay Wolfe, Elementia Chronicles #1

Poetry Collection of the Year
Colin Channer, Providential
Kate Colby, Engine Light
Darcie Dennigan, Palace of Subatomic Bliss
Frances O’Donnell, Whispers from the Tree of Life
Kate Schapira, Handbook for Hands That Alter As We Hold Them Out
Sarah Tourjee, Body Split: When Tongue Was Muscle

Reading Series/ Literary Program of the Year
Funda Fest (Rhode Island Black Storytellers)
Goat Hill Writers
Providence Athenaeum Salon Series
Providence Poetry Slam
Point Street Reading Series
Publicly Complex

Bookstore of the Year – New
Ada Books, Providence
Books on the Square, Providence
Island Books, Middletown
Savoy Bookshop, Westerly
Wakefield Books, Wakefield
An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Bookstore of the Year – Used
Allison Goodsell Books, Kingston
Annie’s Book Stop, Plainville
Cellar Stories, Providence
Mary’s Book Exchange, Warwick
Paper Nautilus, Providence
Spring Street Books, Newport

Best Publication
Newport Mercury
Providence Monthly
Rhode Island Monthly
Spark Mag