Monday, July 21, 2008

Sewall Book Honored in Best Books Competition

Just received word today that my youth biography Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall, published by the Indiana Historical Society Press, is a finalist in the children/young adult category of the 2008 Best Books of Indiana Competition sponsored annually by the Indiana Center for the Book.

The other two finalists in the category are Julie Young for her book A Belief in Providence: A Life of Saint Theodora Guérin, also published by the IHS Press, and Margaret McMullan for When I Crossed No-Bob, published by Houghton Mifflin.

This competition began in 2005 to highlight Indiana's ongoing literary successes. Books by Indiana authors or about Indiana, published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year are eligible. In addition to the children/young adult category, other categories include fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

This is the third time one of my youth biographies has been named a finalist in the Best Books of Indiana competition. Both The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle and The Sword & the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace, failed to win. Perhaps the third time will be the charm when the winners are announced in a 1 p.m. Saturday, August 16, ceremony at the Indiana State Library.

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