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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

Finalists have been selected in the 24th annual Oklahoma Book Award competition.

Winners will be named at the Oklahoma Book Awards banquet April 13 at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and Jim Thorpe Museum in Oklahoma City. Attorney and author Hannibal Johnson will be master of ceremonies.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the awards recognize books written in the previous year by Oklahomans or about Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Center for the Book also will present the 2013 Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award to Tulsa resident Billie Letts and the Ralph Ellison Award to the late Alexander Posey.

The Gibson award, named for the first president of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, recognizes a writer for a body of work contributing to the state's literary heritage. Author of four screenplays and numerous short stories, Letts is best known for four internationally acclaimed novels: “Where the Heart Is,” “The Honk and Holler Opening Soon,” “Shoot the Moon” and “Made in the U.S.A.” “Where the Heart Is” later became a popular motion picture.

The Ralph Ellison Award is given posthumously to an Oklahoma author. A prominent poet, journalist and political satirist, Posey (1873-1908) was the owner and editor of the “Indian Journal.” He is best known for his “Fus Fixico” letters that described everyday life in the Creek Nation.

The following are finalists for the 2013 awards:

Children/young adult

“The Immortal Von B.” by M. Scott Carter, Oklahoma City (RoadRunner Press, Oklahoma City).

“Chikasha Stories, Volume 2: Shared Voices” by Glenda Galvan, Ada (Chickasaw Press, Ada).

“Voices of the Dust Bowl” by Sherry Garland, Bryan, Texas (Pelican Publishing Co., Gretna, La.).

“Falcon” by Tim Jessell, Stillwater (Random House, New York).

“George: George Washington, Our Founding Father” by Frank Keating, Washington, D.C. (Simon & Schuster, New York).

“Arise” by Tara Hudson, Choctaw (HarperCollins, New York).

“While He Was Away” by Karen Schreck, Naperville, Ill. (Sourcebooks Inc., Naperville).

“Bawk & Roll” by Tammi Sauer, Edmond (Sterling Publishing Co., New York).

“Princess in Training” by Tammi Sauer, Edmond (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston).

“The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma” by Tammi Sauer, Edmond (Sterling Publishing Co.).


Becoming the Village Potter: The Life of Linn L. Phelan,” designed by Eric H. Anderson, Norman (Quail Creek Editions, Norman).

“Oklahoma Clay: Frankhoma Pottery,” designed by Eric H. Anderson, Norman (Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art/University of Oklahoma Press).

“Operation Scissortail: Building a New Home for Devon Energy, Building a New Heart for OKC,” designed by Carl Brune, Oklahoma City (Full Circle Press, Oklahoma City).

“Woody Crumbo,” designed by Carol Haralson, Sedona, Ariz., photography by Robert S. Cross, Tulsa (Gilcrease Museum/University of Tulsa).

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