Oklahoma City author Carolyn Wall’s debut novel "Sweeping Up Glass” about the mysterious killing of wolves in rural Kentucky in the 1930s won the fiction award at the 20th annual Oklahoma Book Awards Saturday at the Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The awards reception and banquet drew a crowd of more than 220 that included authors, publishers, librarians, book editors and people who simply love to read.
The event was sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the Book, part of the state Libraries Department and a state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
Cherokee novelist and poet Robert Conley was presented with the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for a body of work contributing to Oklahoma’s literary heritage. The award is named for the Norman historian who served as the first president of the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
A native of Cushing, Conley, 69, has written more than 70 books and won many awards, including three Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America.
Most of Conley’s writing deals with Cherokee characters, culture and themes. His "Real-People” series traces Cherokee history, beginning in the year 1500. Recent novels in that series include "The Peace Chief” and "War Woman.”
His novel, "Mountain Windsong,” focused on the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee removal from Georgia to Oklahoma.