Scott Nadelson, an assistant English professor at Willamette University, was nominated for an Oregon Book Award for his memoir, “The Next Scott Nadelson.”
“Awards like this are wonderful validation, but above all, they open up the possibility of bringing the book to a new audience,” Nadelson says. “That's the most important thing to me. If being a finalist causes a few more people to pick up and engage with the book, that is very gratifying.”
Award winners will be announced at the 27th Oregon Book Awards ceremony March 17 in Portland.
Nadelson’s memoir recounts the life lessons he learned from childhood through young adulthood. It revolves around a particularly challenging period of his life in 2004, when his fiancée left him a month before their planned wedding, he moved into a drafty attic, his car’s brakes went out and he learned his cat was dying.