Tracy Daugherty, a distinguished professor of English at Oregon State University, won a 2009 Oregon Book Award for his book "Hiding Man: A Biography of Donald Barthelme" (St. Martin's Press) for the Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction.
"Hiding Man" is Daugherty's ninth book. He is the author of three collections of short stories and a book of personal essays, but this is his first award for nonfiction.
He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and has won the Oregon Book Award three times before.
Two books published by the OSU Press, "Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris," by Bonnie Henderson of Eugene, and "Wild Beauty," by John Laursen of Portland, also had been nominated for the same category.
The winners were announced Monday in the Gerding Theater at the Armory in Portland.
The 23rd annual Oregon Book Awards were sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, see www.literary-arts.org.