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:
“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).
“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).