Turner, 70, was born in Guthrie and chose a career as a historian and author. He earned three academic degrees, including a doctorate in history from Oklahoma State University. During his career as an educator, he held a variety of teaching and university administrative positions, including dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and professor of history at East Central University in Ada, from 1997 until his retirement in 2006.
Turner is known for his storytelling approach to research and writing about history. The author of six books, three books of poetry and numerous articles, Turner has focused his scholarship primarily on regional and Oklahoma history.
Also honored during the evening was Lynn McIntosh, executive director of the Chickasaw Regional Library System in Ardmore. McIntosh received the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service Award for her many contributions and service to the Oklahoma Center for the Book.
Winners of this year’s literary awards are:
Children’s: “Nugget & Fang,” by Tammi Sauer of Edmond, and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, Mass.
boldYoung Adult: “MOJO,” by Tim Tharp of Midwest City, and published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York City.
Poetry: “Red Dirt Roads: Sketches of Western Oklahoma by the Custer County Truck Stop Poets,” by Yvonne Carpenter and Nancy Goodwin, of Clinton; Catherine McCraw, of Weatherford; Clynell Reinschmiedt, of Edmond; and Carol Waters, of Cordell; and published by Haystack Press, Clinton.
Design: “Devon,” book design by Jenny Chan and Lisa Yelon with Jack Design, of Hamden, Conn; photography by Alan Karchmer, of Washington, D.C., and Joe C. Aker, of Houston, Texas, and published by The Images Publishing Group.
Illustration: “Chikasha Stories, Volume Three: Shared Wisdom,” illustrated by Jeannie Barbour, of Ada, and published by Chickasaw Press, Ada.
Fiction: “Che Guevara’s Marijuana & Baseball Savings & Loan,” by Jack Shakely, of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and published by Xlibris, Bloomington, Ind.
Nonfiction: “When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory,” by Mary Jane Warde, of Stillwater, and published by University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Ark.