Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Adirondack Literary Award Winners Announced

Writers, editors, publishers, and book lovers gathered at the Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake on Sunday to hear the announcements of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s (ACW’s) annual Adirondack Literary Award winners.

The Adirondack Literary Awards celebrate and acknowledge the books that were written by Adirondack authors or published in the region in the previous year.

All of the books submitted for consideration this year were on display, giving a visual sense of the scope of our Adirondack literary achievements, and many of the authors had signed copies of their books for sale.

And the winners are…..for Best Children’s Book: Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messer, with art by Christopher Silas Neal. The prize for Best Book of Fiction went to author Steven Millhauser for We Others: New and Selected Stories. Best Memoir went to Earth, Air, Fire, & Water by Jean Rikhoff. The Best Book of Nonfiction went to An Elegant Wilderness: Great Camps and Grand Lodges of the Adirondacks by Gladys Montgomery. Best edited collection went to Heaven Up-h’isted-ness! The History of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers and the High Peaks of the Adirondacks edited by Suzanne Lance. The Best Book of Poetry went to Paul Pines for Reflections in a Smoking Mirror. Also, Bloated Toe Publishers were acknowledged for their work in bringing the work of regional authors to the reading public.

Finally the People’s Choice Award went to Questions for the Sphinx by Stuart Bartow.

The judges for the Adirondack Literary Award were:

Nonfiction and memoir: Bibi Wein and Jerry McGovern

Fiction: Ellen Rocco and Joseph Bruchac

Poetry: Stephanie Coyne-DeGhett and Roger Mitchell

Children’s Literature: Ellen Wilcox and Nancy Beattie

A complete list of the books considered this year can be found online.

The Adirondack Center for Writing is a non-profit organization that supports the literary arts throughout the Park. They present workshops, writing and publishing conferences, and also organize public readings where they present both regional and nationally acclaimed authors. They’re supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Paul Smith’s College donates office space and services to the organization, while members also provide a great deal of the operating budget through membership dues and contributions.

While it is a membership-based organization, all of the events, including workshops and conferences are open to the public. For more information, contact The Adirondack Center for Writing, Tel: (518) 327-6278, e-mail: acwevents@gmail.com; www.adirondackcenterforwriting.org.

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