Nominate books for noteworthy WNC Award
(See new WNC Book list for ideas)
(See winners, 1955-present)
From press release:
The Western North Carolina Historical Association is now accepting nominations for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Originated by the Louis Lipinsky family, the Award has been presented by the WNC Historical Association since 1955. The deadline for submission of nominated works is July 15, 2013.
To be considered, an entry must be a published work of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. It must be a first edition work; revised editions of published works will not be considered for the Award. The publication date must be in the calendar year 2012 or no later than June 1, 2013. The author must be a native of the western North Carolina region, or a resident of western North Carolina for at least twelve months prior to the closing date for the Award. Or, an author may also qualify if the work submitted has a focus or setting in western North Carolina.
Western North Carolina includes the Qualla Boundary and the following 25 counties: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and three copies of the work post marked no later than July 15, 2013 to:
Wolfe Award Committee
WNC Historical Association
283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801
An awards ceremony and reception, in honor of the 2013 Award recipient, will be held in early 2014.
The Association presented the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wilma Dykeman in 1955 forThe French Broad. The Award has continued to be funded, in part, by Mrs. E. Frank Edwinn, a member of the Lipinsky family. Other recipients of this prestigious Award include John Paris, Gail Godwin, John Ehle, Charles Frazier, Robert Brunk, Michael McFee, Lee Smith, Ron Rash and Wayne Caldwell.
Kathryn Newfont, author of the book Blueridge Commons: Environmental Activism and Forest History in Western North Carolina, was the 2012 recipient of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.
Some eligible books, noted by The Read:
Colony Collapse Disorder by Keith Flynn
Flora by Gail Godwin
Half-Life of Home by Dale Neal
Nothing Gold Can Stay by Ron Rash
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
A Short Time to Stay Here by Terry Roberts
Permanent Camp: Poems, Narratives and Renderings from the Great Smokies by George Ellison with artwork by Elizabeth Ellison
27 Views of Asheville: A Southern Mountain Town in Prose & Poetry
The Cove by Ron Rash
MacTiernan’s Bottle: Stories by Michael Hopping
Barefoot in the Snow by Julia Nunnally Duncan
Tales of the Grove Park Inn by Bruce E. Johnson
Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason
Descent: Poems by Kathryn Stripling Byer
A Demand of Blood: The Cherokee War of 1776 by Nadia Dean
Night Bloom by Virginia Redfield
What's been nominated already? Maybe the WNCHA folks will keep us apprised.