The Utah Book Award was established by the Salt Lake City Public Library to honor exceptional achievements by Utah writers and to recognize outstanding literature written with a Utah theme or setting. In 1999, the first and only award was presented to author Robert Van Wagoner for his novel Dancing Naked. Since then, the categories have been expanded to include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and literature for children and young adults.
The 2016 Utah Book Award honored books published in 2015 that were judged to best represent the literary culture of the state in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult and children’s literature. The competition was open to Utah authors and authors of books with a Utah theme or setting. Award winners were announced in October 2016 at the Utah Humanities Book Festival in Salt Lake City. To view the winners, click here.