All Member Awards and Achievements
Member Awards and Achievements

Summer 2010

Among the 2010 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows are Lorraine Adams, Ethan Canin and Victor LaValle, Fiction; and Tom Bissell, Molly Haskell and Michael Meyer, General Non­fiction. Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future achievement.

The 2010 Eric Hoffer Awards for short prose and books were announced in May. The winners included Susan Anderson, Cold Case in Ellyson, in the Commercial Fiction category, and Vicky Oliver, 301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions, in the Business category. The finalists included Jean Davies Okimoto, The Love Ceiling, 1st Runner-Up in the General Fiction category, and Susan Van Allen, 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, an Honorable Mention in the Culture category.

Ms. Oliver’s Bad Bosses, Crazy Coworkers & Other Office Idiots was named a Best Business Careers Book in the 2009 National Best Books Award competition and received the 2010 International Book Award in the Business: Careers category of the 2010 International Book Awards.

The Manual of Detection: A Novel, by Jedediah Berry, received the North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers 2009 Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing. The runners-up included The Long Fall, by Walter Mosley. The award was presented on May 29 in To­ronto, during the Bloody Words mystery convention.

Columbia University announced the recipient of the 94th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music on April 12. The winners included Sheri Fink, in the Investigative Reporting category, for her work with ProPublica, in collaboration with The New York Times Magazine, for a story chronicling the decisions made by one hospital’s doctors when they were cut off by the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina; and T. J. Stiles, in the Biography category, for The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Each winner received $10,000.

The Publishing Triangle, the association of lesbians and gay men in publishing, announced the winners of the 2010 Publishing Triangle Awards at the 22nd annual ceremony on April 29, in New York. The finalists included Eleanor Lerman, finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Awards for LGBT Fiction, for The Blonde on the Train; and Joan Schenkar, a finalist for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction for The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highsmith.

Ms. Schenkar’s The Talented Miss Highsmith also received the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Biography, was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award and an Agatha Award, and was chosen as a Publishers Weekly “Pick of the Week.”

Tricia Bauer was awarded the first annual FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for her manuscript Father Flashes. The book will be published by Fiction Collective 2, an imprint of the University of Alabama Press, and receive a prize of $15,000. The prize aims to publish and promote the work of a mid-career writer of fiction deemed to be too experimental, innovative or challenging for contemporary commercial presses and is open to writers with at least three published books of fiction.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe received the 2009 Sherwood An­derson Prize for Fiction, sponsored by the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, and $15,000 for her short story entries, “Girl with Boat” and “Enough.” “Girl with Boat” also received the 2009 Arts & Letters Journal of Contemporary Culture Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. “Enough” also received the 2009 International Arts Movement First Prize for Fiction.

The First 60 Seconds, by Dan Burns, was a bronze medal winner in the Career category of the 2010 Axiom Business Book Awards.

Cosmic Calendar: The Big Bang to Your Consciousness, by Dale Carlson, received a Silver Medal in the Juvenile-Teen-YA Non-Fiction category of the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Margaret Coel received the Frank Waters Award for books that celebrate humanity and mirror the spirit and achievement of Southwestern author Frank Waters, presented by the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs.

Barbara Crossette received the 2010 Shorenstein Prize for Reporting on Asia, honoring an American journalist or author for a distinguished body of work and for the way that work has helped American readers understand the complexities of Asia. The prizes are sponsored by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University Centers, and bestowed annually at a ceremony held in Cambridge one year and at Stanford the next.

Laura Durnell’s short story, “Life Goes on Without Me,” received an honorable mention in Conclave: A Journal of Character’s 2009 Character Prize.

Wherever There’s a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffra­gists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liber­ties in California, by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi, was awarded the Gold Medal in the category of Califor­niana at the 79th California Book Awards in San Francisco in June.

The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery that Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler, by Thomas Hagers, was a finalist for the Communication Award presented by the 2009 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Insti­tute of Medicine.

Grow: A Novel in Verse, by Juanita Havill, received the 2009 Carol D. Reiser Book Award, presented by the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta, and the Santa Monica Public Library 2009 Green Prize for Youth Fiction.

Owney, The Mail-Pouch Pooch, by Mona Kerby, received the 2010 California Young Reader Medal in the Picture Book for Older Readers category, and the 2010 Vermont Red Clover Award. The book was also a 2010–2011 nominee for the state reading lists of Mis­souri, South Carolina and Tennessee.

That’s Like Me!, by Jill Lauren, received the 2010 Margot Marek award, presented by the New York Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. The award honors the most outstanding book written for children or adults on the subject of dyslexia or related learning disabilities.

Laurie Lawlor was presented with the 2010 Illinois Prairie State Award for Excellence in Children’s Litera­ture by the Illinois Reading Council in Springfield.

Laura Read won the Travel Classics Ireland 2010 Writing Contest, for the best travel story on Ireland, for her story, “Looking for the Heart of Story in Ireland.” The contest was open to attendees of the Travel Classics Ireland conference.

Lois Roma-Deeley received the Samuel T. Coleridge Literary Prize from Benu Press for her book of poetry, High Notes. The award honors works that fulfill Coleridge’s vision of the artist as a “reconciling architect of the imagination.”

Tibetan Tales from the Top of the World, by Naomi C. Rose, received a Silver Award in the Nautilus Book Awards, in the category of Children’s Illustrated, Grades 3–6. The Nautilus Book Awards honor works that promote spiritual growth, conscious living, and positive social change.The book also was a finalist in the International Book Awards, sponsored by JPX Media, in the Children’s Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category.

Laura Shovan won the first annual Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize, sponsored by CityLit Project, for her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone.

Sue William Silverman’s Fearless Confessions: A Wri­ter’s Guide to Memoir was awarded Honorable Mention in ForeWord Review’s Book-of-the-Year Award in the Writing category.

Cameron M. Smith was an Adventure Travel Gold Prize Winner in the Solas House Best Travel Writing contest for his story “Escape from Darien.” He was also the Overall Silver Prize Winner for his story “Ghost on Ice.”

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith was awarded the Diana L. Bennett Fellowship at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for the 2010–2011 academic year.

The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book, by Nancy Tafuri, was chosen for the One Book, Every Young Child program in Connecticut, sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association.

The Cave of Storms, Book I of the series Remembrance of Things That Never Happened, by Patricia Weenolsen, was a finalist in the Historical Novel category of Fore­word magazine’s 2009 Best Book of the Year Award. The book also received two 2010 Indie Excel­lence Finalist Awards, in Literary Fiction and Histori­cal Fiction, and was a finalist in the Historical Fiction category in the 2009 Best Books Awards sponsored by USA Book News.

Judy White received the 2010 Garden Writers Asso­ciation Media Award for Book Writing, for Bloom-Again Orchids.

A Summer of Silk Moths, by Margaret Willey, received an Honor Award from the Green Earth Book Awards, sponsored by the Newton Maransco Foundation.

The Story Blanket, by Ferida Wolff, received the 2010 Storytelling World Resource Award from Storytelling World Magazine, the Parent’s Choice Silver Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, and was named one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year for 2009 by the Bank Street College of Education in New York.

Buying Time, by Pamela Samuels Young, was awarded the 2010 Fiction Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The award, which carries a $500 prize, recognizes excellence in adult fiction written by African-American authors and was presented at the American Library Association Confer­ence in Washington, D.C. in June.