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Finalists are announced for 2013 Oklahoma Book Awards

Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book has named Tulsa author Billie Letts as Lifetime Achievement Award winner and the late Creek poet Alexander Posey as recipient of its Ralph Ellison Award. Finalists in the 2013 Oklahoma Book Awards also are named.
BY KAREN KLINKA Published: March 24, 2013

“The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection,” designed by Carol Haralson, Sedona, Ariz., and Tony Roberts, Norman (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art/OU Press).

“Spring Will Come: The Life of Clem McSpadden,” designed by Skip McKinstry, Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Heritage Association).

“George: George Washington, Our Founding Father,” illustrated by Mike Wimmer, Oklahoma City (Simon & Schuster).

“Woody's Road: Woody Guthrie's Letters Home, Drawings, Photos and Other Unburied Treasures,” designed by Paige Shepard, Denver (Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colo.).


“Vermeer's Lady in Waiting” by Lolly Anderson, Oklahoma City (Ionic Press, Oklahoma City).

“Wrong Hill to Die On: An Alafair Tucker Mystery” by Donis Casey, Tempe, Ariz. (Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, Ariz.).

“Hard Twisted” by C. Joseph Greaves, Cortez, Colo. (Bloomsbury Publishing, New York).

“Crimes of Redemption” by Linda McDonald, Oklahoma City (Roadrunner Press).

“Stardust” by Carla Stewart, Tulsa (Faith Words, Nashville, Tenn.).

“Five O'Clock Follies: What's a Woman Doing Here, Anyway?” by Theasa Tuohy, New York City (Calliope Press, New York).

“Playing with Matches” by Carolyn Wall, Oklahoma City (Bantam Books, New York).


Route 66 Still Kicks: Driving America's Main Street” by Rick Antonson, Vancouver, British Columbia (Skyhorse Publishing Inc., New York).

“Opala: In Faithful Service to the Law” by Bob Burke and Ryan Leonard, both Oklahoma City (Oklahoma Heritage Association).

“Operation Scissortail: Building a New Home for Devon Energy, Building a New Heart for OKC” by Steve Lackmeyer and Jack Money, both Oklahoma City (Full Circle Press).

“Woody Crumbo,” by Minisa Crumbo Halsey, Mounds; Ruthe Blalock Jones, Okmulgee; Robert Perry, Ada; and Carole Klein and Kimberly Roblin, both Tulsa (Gilcrease Museum/University of Tulsa).

“Twenty Thousand Mornings: An Autobiography” by John Joseph Mathews, edited by Susan Kalter, Bloomington, Ill. (OU Press).

“Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing's Invisible Champion,” by W.K. Stratton, Round Rock, Texas (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

“Terrorism TV: Popular Entertainment in Post-9/11 America,” by Stacy Takacs, Tulsa (University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.).

“Canvas of Clay: Seven Centuries of Hopi Ceramic Art” by Edwin L. Wade, Sedona, Ariz., and Allan Cooke, Kansas City, Kan. (El Otro Lado, Sedona).

“The Second Battle of Cabin Creek: Brilliant Victory,” by Steven L. Warren, Overland Park, Kan. (History Press, Charleston, S.C.).


Karma Crisis: New and Selected Poems” by Nathan Brown, Norman (Mezcalita Press, Norman).

“Indios” by Linda Hogan, Tishomingo (Wings Press, San Antonio).

“Nocturnes and Sometimes, Even I” by Carl Sennhenn, Norman (Village Books Press, Cheyenne).

“Cowboys and Cantos” by Ron Wallace, Durant (TJMF Publishing, Clarksville, Ind.).

“The Smell of Good Mud” by Lauren Zuniga, Oklahoma City (Write Bloody Publishing, Austin, Texas).


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