Weatherford Award Nominations

The Weatherford Award, perhaps the biggest of the Appalachian literary awards, made its list of nominees public today with the distribution of the Appalachian Studies Association newsletter. I learned back in December Lambs of Men was nominated, but didn’t know how stiff the competition was until today, which includes an Appalachian writing legend, a New York Times Bestseller, the winner of the Frank O’Connor Award and the most recent recipient of The National Book Award. So, needless to say, I’m simply happy to be among the contenders. The award will be presented next month at the ASA’s annual conference, held this year at Eastern Kentucky University. Until then, here’s a list of the folks with books in the running so you can fatten up your “to-read” list.

Abducted by Circumstance, by David Madden

Bloodroot, by Amy Greene 

Burning Bright, by Ron Rash

Lambs of Men, by Charles Dodd White

Lord of Misrule, by Jaimy Gordon

Miracle Boy and Other Stories, by Pinckney Benedict

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue -Eyed Stranger, by Lee Smith 

Out of the Mountains, by Meredith Sue Willis

Requiem by Fire, by Wayne Caldwell

Still Life with Plums, by Marie Manilla

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, by Sharyn McCrumb

The Marrowbone Marble Company, by Glenn Taylor 

Unfinished Desires, by Gail Godwin

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