FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WINNIPEG: Turnstone Press is pleased to announce that books by Sarah Klassen and Simone HĂ©bert Allard are finalists for the 2014 High Plains Book Awards. Sarah Klassen's The Wittenbergs has been selected for the Woman Writer category and Simone HĂ©bert Allard's Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide for the Medicine & Science category.
The Wittenbergs is nominated alongside three other titles: Clearwater by Kim McCullough, Meadowlark: A Novel by Dawn Wink, and Wounded by Barbara Joyce-Hawryluk. Allard's Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide is in the running with one other title, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans, and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene by Doug Peacock.
Thirty-one books were selected as finalists in ten categories for the eighth annual High Plains Book Awards. The finalist authors are from twelve states and three Canadian provinces, including Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Twenty-one different publishers were represented in this year's competition.
Two of the finalists are past High Plains Book Award winners. Turnstone's Sarah Klassen won the 2008 Best Fiction award for A Feast of Longing. Larry Watson received the 2007 Emeritus Award for his contribution to the literature of the High Plains. Of the 31 finalists, ten are from Canada. According to the High Plains Awards press release, "the number of Canadian finalist books is particularly fitting since the theme for the 2014 High Plains BookFest is 'Border Crossings,' honoring books and writers from our northern neighbors."
Over 125 books were nominated for the 2014 High Plains Book Awards. All the nominated books were read and evaluated by over 130 community volunteers in the first round of the selection process. The finalist books in each category will be judged by writers who have significant connections to the High Plains region, and who have published in the particular category he or she will judge.
Winners in each category will receive a $500 cash prize at the High Plains Book Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana. Single tickets and tables may be purchased for the banquet by calling 406-256-0625. The Awards Banquet is a signature event of the Billings Public Library. More information can be found at http://highplainsbookawards.org.
The High Plains Books Awards have been established to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
For more information about the High Plains Book Awards, contact:
Dee Ann Redman, Assistant Director
Billings Public Library
510 N Broadway - Billings, MT 59101
Born in Winnipeg, Sarah Klassen grew up surrounded by trees, birdsong, silence and snowstorms of Manitoba's boreal forest. She left to become a teacher and a traveller. An accomplished poet and fiction writer, she has won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the High Plains Award for Fiction, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry. The Wittenbergs is her first novel. Klassen lives in Winnipeg.
Writer and visual artist Simone HĂ©bert Allard was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. A compelling interest in nature has been a driving force throughout her life, a love that she expresses in both print and images. Besides having published five nature-related childrenâ€™s books in French, she has taken part in a number of artistic exhibitions and directed a television documentary on the unusual theme of Canadaâ€™s lake monsters. Manitoba Butterflies: A Field Guide is her first adult book.
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Turnstone Press gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage, and Tourism, and the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Book Fund.
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