2000 Oklahoma Book Award Finalists
Award Winners are marked with an Oklahoma Book Award graphic.
Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition
Designed by Carl Brune
This book is a catalog of an exhibition organized and curated by the Philbrook
Museum in Tulsa. The exhibition examined American landscape painting in
the second half of the 20th century, presenting the works of 89 artists.
A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Brune has worked at the Philbrook for 17 years,
where he is currently Graphics and Publications Manager.
Buffalo DreamsIllustrated by Kim Doner
As an artist Doner is acclaimed for her warmth and richly authentic detail.
Doner, who also wrote the text for this volume, is a finalist in the Children/Young
Adult category. Doner received the Oklahoma Book Award for Design/Illustration
in 1996 for Green Snake Ceremony.
Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball in Oklahoma
Designed by Carol Haralson
This comprehensive volume has hundreds of photos and articles about the
great ball players who passed through Oklahoma. According to the books
writers Burke, Franks, and Parr, designer Haralson took stacks of
printed word and hundreds of photos and created a masterpiece. A
former Tulsa resident (who now lives in Sedona, Arizona), Haralson has
now won the Oklahoma Book Award for Design/Illustration a record five
Summertime, from Porgy and Bess
Illustrated by Mike Wimmer
Nothing seems to capture the feelings of summer better than the much-loved
song Summertime. Acclaimed illustrator Wimmers lush
oil paintings depicting a familys routine one summer day earlier
in this century, this American classic takes on a whole new meaning. Wimmer
won the Oklahoma Book Award for Design/Illustration in 1995. He lives
Native American Style
Elmo Baca and M.J. Van Deventer
A view of Native American art and philosophy, this volume includes information
about many tribes, from South America to the Pueblo dwellers. Many photographs
and stories of utilitarian and religious objects are included. This book
explores the significance of Bacone, the University of Oklahoma, and Philbrook
art programs. Baca is director of New Mexicos Main Street Program,
a writer and historic preservationist. Van Deventer is editor of Persimmon
Hill and director of publications for the National Cowboy Hall of
Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the
Oklahoma Countryside 1904-1920Jim Bissett
This provocative book is a chronicle of the rise and fall of Marxian Socialism
in Oklahoma. From 1900 to 1920, Oklahoma supported the most vigorous,
ambitious, and fascinating socialist movement of all ... a remarkable
movement ... that successfully elected its candidates to a myriad of state
and local offices. The rapid demise of the party came with the hysteria
and repression of the war years. Bissett is associate professor of history
at Elon College, North Carolina.
Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball in Oklahoma
Bob Burke, Kenny A. Franks, and Royse Parr
In nearly 500 pages, the authors present some of the legendary baseball
players with connections to Oklahoma: Mickey Mantle, Warren Spahn, Carl
Hubbell, Lloyd and Paul Waner, and Dizzy and Daffy Dean. One in ten of
the 14,000 men who have played major league baseball since 1876 have come
through Oklahoma, and the details of their careers are included. Burke
is an Oklahoma City lawyer and writer who received the 1999 Oklahoma Book
Award for Nonfiction. Kenny Franks is one of Oklahomas most published
historians. He is Director of Education and Publications for the Oklahoma
Heritage Association. A retired oil company attorney, Parr lives in Tulsa,
and is an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research.
The National Congress of American Indians: The Founding Years
Thomas W. Cowger
The first full-length history of the NCAI, Cowger presents the story of
the founding of the organization in 1944 and its first two decades. The
NCAI had a leading role in stimulating Native political awareness and
activism. The NCAI provided a forum for debates about vital issues affecting
reservations and tribes, including litigation efforts, and lobbying activities.
The organization fought against governmental efforts to end the reservation
system. The NCAI continues today to steer a moderate course bringing together
many tribal peoples. Cowger is assistant professor of history at East
Central University in Ada.
Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near SouthwestDan
Flores explores the human and natural history of the area that includes
New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and parts of Kansas, Colorado, Arkansas and
Louisiana. The Horizontal Yellow is a Navajo term for the yellowed grass
landscape of the region. Flores suggests that the region shares a common
watershed, a common history, and a common sensory impressiona characteristic
topography he describes as one of the grandest, most windswept landscapes
of plains, tablelands, and deserts on the planet. Flores is the
A.B. Hammond professor of history at the University of Montana in Missoula.
The Cherokees and their Chiefs: In the Wake of EmpireStanley
Hoig traces the demise of the Cherokees historic homeland in the
American South, their removal to present-day Oklahoma, the final destruction
of their tribal autonomy, and then rise in political and social stature
during the 20th Century. Hoig is Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the
University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. In 1991, he won the Oklahoma
Book Award for childrens literature, for A Capitol for the Nation.
A Passion for Equality: The Life of Jimmy Stewart
Vicki Miles-LaGrange and Bob Burke
For more than 50 years, one of the undisputed leaders of integration efforts
in Oklahoma, Jimmy Stewart started his professional career as a janitor
at Oklahoma Natural Gas in 1937. He retired from the company as assistant
to the vice president. He worked to produce a better life for those afflicted
with poverty as a national leader of the NAACP during the times of school
desegregation and integration. The book provides a wealth of information
about the man and his times. Miles-LaGrange is U.S. District Judge for
the Western District of Oklahoma. Burke is a lawyer and historian. Bob
Burke received the 1999 Book Award for Nonfiction.
Peyote Religious Art: Symbols of Faith and BeliefDaniel
The peyotists, controversial and misunderstood, have been the targets
of discrimination from missionaries, government officials, and politicians.
A religion based on the ritual consumption of the peyote cactus emerged
in the 1870s on the Southern Plains. Its elaborate ceremony gained converts
on the reservations of the southwestern Indian Territory, modern-day Oklahoma,
and quickly spread to other tribes in Oklahoma and the surrounding region.
An explanation of the origins, beliefs, and practices of the Native American
Church and the peyote sacrament is given. Swan is senior curator at the
Gilcrease Museum and has published numerous articles on the peyote religion.
Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American WestMichael
The enthralling history of one of the wildest ranch empires of the
American frontier and the birth of the western motion picture industry,
Wallis work was 10 years in the making. It is nothing less
than a sweeping history of the West of myth and reality. This work
chronicles the life of Col. George Washington Miller, founder of the 101
Ranch. The book follows Millers migration from Kentucky through
Missouri and Kansas, and into the Cherokee Outlet, where he located the
world-famous ranch on the banks of the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River,
near Ponca City. Wallis, who lives in Tulsa, is an award-winning historian
of the West, and recipient of the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award
George Washington Grayson and the Creek Nation 1843-1920
Mary Jane Warde
Grayson served as leader of the Creek Nation for sixty years. He was a
Confederate soldier, pioneer merchant, rancher, newspaper publisher, and
town builder. Wardes work is the first extended study of Creek history
since Debos classic The Road to Disappearance, in 1941. Warde is
Indian historian at the Oklahoma Historical Society. She received her
Ph.D. in history from Oklahoma State University.
(Ado) RationDiane Glancy
Glancys writing is familiar to Oklahomans as she has previously
been a finalist in fiction, non-fiction and poetry categories of this
competition. This year she is also a finalist in the fiction category.
Glancy is associate professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota,
where she teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing. Glancy
in (Ado) Ration writes about the human experience within the context
of Native American and Spiritual themes.
Dowsing for LightKennette Harrison
Harrison reminds us that loss and longing are intertwined with joy
in the ivied garden of the Spirit, says Sandra Soli, a fellow Oklahoma
poet. Through these poems, a gate opens where doubters can vanish
darkness by dowsing for light. Harrison received a masters
degree in English/Creative Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Her work has appeared in many literary magazines.
the Bears HouseN. Scott Momaday
Momaday is known for his unique connection to the beauty and spirituality
of the natural world. This book reflects his intensely personal quest
to understand the spirit of the wilderness embodied in the animal image
of Bear. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for House Made of Dawn,
Momaday received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
He is a native of Lawton and currently lives in New Mexico.
First Light: An Anthology of Paraguayan Women Writers
edited by Susan Smith Nash
This anthology of Paraguayan women writers is the culmination of more
than two years of research and investigation of history, art, and literature
of this culture. The poetry was edited, translated and accompanied by
a critical introduction by Norman author and poet Susan Smith Nash. Nash
is currently director of engineering and geosciences programs for the
University of Oklahoma College of Continuing Education.
Harlem Gallery and Other Poems of Melvin B. Tolson
edited by Raymond Nelson
Melvin B. Tolson (1898-1966) is recognized as one of Americas finest
poets. He won numerous poetry awards and was named Poet Laureate of Liberia
in 1947. In 1966 he stated: I as a black poet, have absorbed the
Great Ideas of the Great White World and interpreted them in the melting
pot idiom of my people. My roots are in Africa, Europe and America.
This complete collection of his works was edited by Raymond Nelson, arts
and science Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Tolson
received the Ralph Ellison Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book
Every Other OneFrancine Ringold-Johnson and
The editors of Nimrod International Journal, this husband and wife
team are both well known individually as writers, performers, editors,
and poets. They have shared writing and life side-by-side with six children,
five grandchildren and many friends and relations. In this collaborative
writing they look forward and back and take a close look at each moment.
Ringold-Johnson won the 1996 Oklahoma Book Award for poetry.
Buffalo DreamsKim Doner
Doner, an author and illustrator of numerous books for children, is a
native Oklahoman who lives in Tulsa. Buffalo Dreams is a story about the
legend of the white buffalo, and a spontaneous pilgrimage of the Bearpaw
family to take gifts to a white buffalo calf.
Brief Garland: Ponytails, Basketball, and Nothing But NetHarold
This is a story about a man, Coach Jim, forced to coach a girls
athletic team in Oklahoma, only to find that he loves it and never
wants to coach boys athletics again. Coach Jim is the nephew
of the late Harold Keith. Keith, who won the 1958 Newbery Medal for Rifles
for Watie, was recipient of the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement
Award in 1993.
Head Above WaterS. L. Rottman
A sensitive exploration about conflicting desires and responsibilities
frame a teenagers growth into adulthood. Rottman is a high school
English teacher and a swim coach in Colorado Springs. She has taught in
Oklahoma, and she dedicates this book to the Deer Creek Class of 2002.
Rottman won the Oklahoma Book Award in 1998 for Hero.
Letters from VinnieMaureen Stack Sappèy
Sappèy, working from extensive research into the real life of Vinnie
Ream, gives her a voice that is eloquent, impassioned, and deeply human.
Ream, in her late teens, began sculpting the statue of Abraham Lincoln
that stands today in the Rotunda of the Capitol. Sappèy says she
has always admired those who courageously pursue their dreams with hands,
heart, and soul. Vinnie Ream was such a person. Sappèy lives in
Chestertown, Maryland. The Oklahoma town of Vinita was named for Ms. Ream.
The Buffalo Train RideDesiree Morrison Webber
At the plea of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker to President Theodore Roosevelt,
a wildlife preserve was established in Oklahoma Territory in 1905. Fifteen
buffalo from the New York Zoological Society were loaded onto a train
for a wild and woolly 1,800-mile trip to Oklahoma in order
to replenish the lost herds. Webber is a public library consultant for
the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. She lives in Bethany.
With the seventh book in the Justice Series, Bernhardt has
drawn acclaim as a master of the courtroom drama. Bernhardt
has received awards both as an attorney and as an author. In 1993, he
was named one of the top twenty-five young lawyers in the nation. He has
been an Oklahoma Book Award finalist seven times, winning in 1995 for
Perfect Justice. Bernhardt, wife Kirsten, and their children Harry
and Alice live in Tulsa.
Oklahoma RunAlberta Wilson Constant
First published in 1955, Alberta Wilson Constants book has assumed
a place among the literary classics of Oklahoma. In celebration of Oklahomas
Diamond Jubilee of Statehood in 1982 the book was reissued by the Oklahoma
Historical Society. Out of print for many years, the book was reissued
by the Childrens Historical Resource Center, a branch of the Lincoln
County Historical Society.
SuccubusPaul F. Fernald
An emotional courtroom drama that allows the reader to examine one of
todays most compelling issues: Are years of mental and physical
abuse a justifiable reason for murder? Succubus illustrates Oklahoma
City author and attorney Fernalds 28 years of trial experience.
This is Fernalds first novel.
The Voice That Was in TravelDiane Glancy
In twenty stories that range in length from one-page vignettes to novellas,
Glancy expresses the sense of displacement American Indian travelers endure.
She reveals striking insights into contemporary American Indian life.
Glancy, who is Cherokee, formerly lived in Oklahoma and was an artist-in
residence at the Oklahoma Arts Council.
A Prayer for the DyingStewart ONan
Dark, poetic, and chilling, this book asks if its possible to be
a good man in a time of madness. Author Robert OConnor describes
it as the rarest of books: a philosophical horror novel. Considered
one of Americas finest young authors, ONan has been a finalist
for four Oklahoma Books Awards and won in 1997 for The Names of the
Dead. A former University of Central Oklahoma professor, ONan
lives in Connecticut.
The Bingo Queens of ParadiseJune Park
This first novel by Oklahoma City resident June Park is described as a
tour de force that lyrically blends a powerful comic voice with a poignant
tale of a woman who longs to escape her life and follow her dreams. Born
and educated in London, this mother of three lives with her husband, her
mother, and a dachshund named Sooner. The debut of her first book was
bittersweet. Two days before the book arrived in Oklahoma City, her house
was destroyed by the May 3rd tornado. She managed to save the disk containing
the beginnings of her second book.
Falling DarkTim Tharp
Winner of the 1999 Milkweed National Fiction Prize, this novel takes place
in a small Oklahoma town. Diminished expectations, teenage love, small-town
blues, and neighborhood bullies flourish amid strip joints, honky-tonks,
gas stations, and the Git-n-Go convenience store. Tharp teaches composition
and speech at Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee.
To see complete list of 1999 Oklahoma Book Award Winners go here.
The Oklahoma Center for the Book, sponsor of the Oklahoma Book Award
competition, is a non-profit, 501-c-3 organization located in the Oklahoma
Department of Libraries. Established in 1986 as an outreach program of
the Library of Congress, the Oklahoma Center was the fourth such state
center formed. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors from across
The mission of the Oklahoma Center for the Book is
to promote the
work of Oklahoma authors,
to promote the
literary heritage of the state, and
to encourage reading
for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.