2002 Oklahoma Book Award Finalists
Winners are marked with an Oklahoma Book Award graphic.
Woven Worlds: Basketry from the Clark Field Collection
Design by Carl BrunePhilbrook Museum of Art, Inc., Tulsa
The Field collection reflects the diversity and resiliency of Native American
peoples and their basketry traditions as they have responded to change
over time. Brune weaves historical photos, maps, graphics, and photos
of collection pieces to help tell this story. Brune is graphics and publication
manager at the Philbrook.
Traveling Route 66Design by Phillip ClucasUniversity
of Oklahoma Press, Norman
A colorful illustrated history of the fabled mother road and its landmarks.
More than 240 full-color illustrations reveal the unique culture along
the road, from neon signs and historic landmarks to favorite cars and
recipes popular along the highway. Clucas resides in London, England
The Philosophers ClubIllustration by Kim DonerTricycle
When Doner is not busy illustrating her own writing, she is helping other
authors with her warm and playful artwork. She received the Oklahoma Book
Award for design/illustration in 1996 for Green Snake Ceremony. Her 2000
book Buffalo Dreams earned her finalist spots in both the Children/Young
Adult and Design/Illustration categories. A native Oklahoman, Doner lives
in Tulsa. In The Philosophers Club, answers to questions just lead
to other questions.
Gifts of Pride and Love: Kiowa and Comanche Cradles
Designed by Barbara HailHaffenreffer Museum of Anthropology,
Editor Barbara Hail also directed design of this book celebrating the
Kiowa and Comanche cradles made by grandmothers and mothers, aunts, and
other relatives. These works of art, passed down through generations,
were gifts of pride and love. Hail is Deputy Director and Curator of the
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University. She is co-editor
of Collecting Native America, 1870-1960, Smithsonian Press, 1999.
The House Oklahoma Built: A History of the Oklahoma Governors
Designed by Carol HaralsonOklahoma Heritage Association
Haralson is the recipient of a record five Oklahoma Book Awards. She has
been honored for her design of Cleoras Kitchens, 1991; Will Rogers:
Courtship and Correspondence, 1993; Big Bluestem: A Journey into the Tall
Grass, 1997; Visions and Voices: Native American Painting from the Philbrook
Museum of Art, 1998; and Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball
in Oklahoma, 2000. Haralson now resides in Sedona, Arizona.
He Made it Safe to Murder: The Life of Moman Pruiett
Howard K. Berry Sr.Oklahoma Heritage Association, Oklahoma City
As a young lawyer, Berry met criminal attorney Moman Pruiett in the 1930s.
For more than six decades the story of Pruiett remained untold. The publisher
dropped this original 1940s manuscript because many of the participants
were still living and the publisher feared legal action. It is the story
of the time when justice often took a backseat to courtroom antics, and
when knowledge of the law was secondary to showmanship. Berry died on
March 9, 2001, a few weeks prior to publication of his book.
Gifts of Pride and Love: Kiowa and Comanche Cradles
Edited by Barbara A. HailHaffenreffer Museum of Anthropology,
Hail has collected and contributed stories about the deep connection of
the Kiowa and Comanche people to their traditional cradles. A unique art
form, both beautiful and functional, cradles were often exquisitely beaded
and prepared by the grandmothers, mothers, aunts and male relatives. Hail
investigates the cultural significance of the cradles with the descendants
of and current cradle makers. She is deputy director and curator of the
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.
Seldom Disappointed: A MemoirTony HillermanHarper-Collins,
Looking back 76 years, Hillerman provides a wry and whimsical memoir,
offering glances of the places and events that have provided plots, characters
and contexts for his many novels. Stories about his upbringing, education,
military and journalism experience, and family life are humorous, humbling,
and heartwarming. Hillerman is past president of the Mystery Writers of
America. He received the Oklahoma Center for the Books Arrell Gibson
Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.
Indian OrphanagesMarilyn Irvin HoltUniversity
Press of Kansas, Lawrence
Holt weaves Indian history with educational history, family history, and
child welfare policy to tell the story of Indian orphanages. Engaging
the larger context of the orphan asylum in America, Holt relates the cultural
factors that produced and sustained the institution, and shows how orphans
became a part of native experience after Euro-American contact. Holt is
former director of publications at the Kansas Historical Society and has
served as a research consultant for the PBS American Experience series.
The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City In American Memory
Edward T. LinenthalOxford University Press, New York
A poignant and provocative look at the ways Oklahomans and American culture
at large have responded to, and tried to make sense of, the Oklahoma City
Bombing tragedy. Linenthal writes about bonds of affection and acts of
compassion that joined people locally and globally in the wake of the
bombing. Linenthal is professor of religion and American culture at the
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
The Burning: Massacre, Destruction, and the Tulsa Race Riot of
Tim MadiganThomas Dunne Books, St. Martins Press, New
Madigan explores the racism, hatred, and mistrust that contributed to
the tragic Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. The author recreates the Greenwood
community (the Negro Wall Street of America) at the height
of its prosperity, and recounts events leading to and including the riot,
and the subsequent silence that surrounded the tragedy for decades. Madigan,
named Texas Reporter of the Year in both 1996 and 1997, writes for the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Winning the Dust BowlCarter RevardUniversity
of Arizona Press, Tucson
A memoir in prose and poetry, Revard weaves bootleggers, bank robbers,
activists and agitators in this work, described as lyrical in one breath
and stingingly political in the next. An award-winning poet and scholar,
Revard was born on the Osage reservation, was a Rhodes scholar, holds
a Ph.D. from Yale University, and is professor emeritus of English at
Washington University in St. Louis.
Nothing Personal, Just Business: A Guided Journey Into Organizational
Howard F. SteinQuorum Books, Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.,
Approaching the dark side of organizations through use of symbol and metaphor,
Stein reveals emotional savagery, brutality and psychological forms of
violence, specifically intimidation, degradation, and dehumanization in
todays organization. Stein succeeds in countering all is well
pronouncements based on the narrow parameters of low unemployment and
high productivity. Stein is a professor in the Department of Family and
Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Letters from the Dust BowlCaroline Henderson
Edited by Alvin O. TurnerUniversity of Oklahoma Press, Norman
Caroline Henderson moved to Oklahomas panhandle to homestead and
teach in 1907. This collection of her letters and articles, written between
1908 and 1965, presents an intimate portrait of a womans life in
the Great Plains. Henderson, who died in 1965, was often published in
Atlantic Monthly and her articles are frequently cited for vivid descriptions
of the dust storms of the time. Turner is Dean of the School of Humanities
and Social Sciences, East Central University, Ada.
Woven Worlds: Basketry from the Clark Field Collection
Edited by Lydia L. WyckoffPhilbrook Museum of Art, Inc., Tulsa
The Clark Field Collection at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa is
recognized as one of the most comprehensive basketry collections in North
America. Baskets reflect the social, cultural, and environmental experience
of Native American peoples. Through the collection, the weavers, their
baskets, and their traditions are highlighted. Wyckoff holds a Ph.D. in
anthropology from Yale University and served as curator of Native American
art at Philbrook from 1991 to 1998.
On a Wing of the Sun: Three Volumes of Poetry
Jim BarnesUniversity of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago
Barnes, a native Oklahoman, is currently the writer-in-residence and professor
of comparative literature at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.
He is the winner of the American Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Stanley
Hanks Memorial Poetry award, and the 1993 Oklahoma Book Award for poetry.
This book brings together three acclaimed collections of Barness
The Scent of Water: New and Selected Poems
Ivy DempseyLa Alameda Press, Albuquerque
The Scent of Water maps a pilgrimage from a childs puzzled awakening,
through the shock of adult despairs, toward the humbling wisdom of acceptance.
It provides a wide range of landscapesthe trees, skies, and waters
of Oklahoma, Kansas, California, and New Mexico. Dempsey lives in Tulsa.
The Stones for a Pillow
Diane Glancy—National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) Press, Rochester,
Glancys writings are familiar to Oklahomans as she has previously
been a finalist in fiction, non-fiction and poetry categories of this
competition. She lived in Oklahoma for many years, and is now associate
professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. These poems, which
open our eyes to the possibilities in a troubled and beautiful world,
add to her already impressive work. The Stones for a Pillow is winner
of the 2000 NFSPS Stevens Poetry Manuscript competition.
The Penultimate SuitorMary LeaderUniversity
of Iowa Press, Iowa City
Mary Leader teaches at the University of Memphis and in the Warren Wilson
Program for Writers. She was formerly a referee for the Oklahoma Supreme
Court and an assistant attorney general for the state. Her first book,
Red Signature, was a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. The poems in
The Penultimate Suitor turn upon and return to the infuriating and glorious
correlations between love and art.
Playing the Messages Twice: Poems and Collaborations
Ann E. WeismanRose Rock Press, Lawton
Weisman has been a poet or artist-in-the-schools for the state arts councils
of Montana, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. She was born in Tulsa and lived
in Oklahoma at the time of publication of this book. She now lives in
Santa Fe, New Mexico. Playing the Messages Twice brings together poetry
written, published, performed and collaborated during the
past two decades. One piece, Good Pieces of Advice Ive Been
Given, is a collaboration between the author and audiences in Tulsa
Woody Guthrie: Poet of the PeopleBonnie ChristensenAlfred
A. Knopf, New York
This book celebrates the life and spirit of an American originalthe
great folk musician Woody Guthrie. Christensen is a fine artist and printmaker
who teaches at St. Michaels College in Vermont, and in the summer
teaches in Venice, Italy. The author created the illustrations in this
book. Christensen lives in Colchester, Vermont with her daughter Emily.
The Rachel ResistanceMolly Levite GriffisEakin
Griffis begins her book on a day that will live in infamyPearl Harbor
Day. The heroine, Rachel, listens to Captain Midnight on the radio, becomes
a member of his secret squadron, and becomes convinced there are spies
in her hometown of Apache, Oklahoma. The author of three books, Griffis
is a publisher, bookseller, former English teacher, and a master storyteller.
She lives in Norman.
The Million Dollar KickDan GutmanHyperion Books
for Children, New York
Oklahoma City seventh-grader Whisper Nelson hates sports. But she wins
a chance to kick a goal past a professional soccer star for a million
dollars! Should she try it, risking failure and humiliation, or forget
the whole thing and save her dignity? Gutman is the author of many novels
for young people, including the winner of the Oklahoma Library Associations
2000 Sequoyah Childrens Book Award The Million Dollar Shot, a basketball
Stolen by the SeaAnna MyersWalker & Company,
Myers is a two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award in the children/young
adult category. She won in 1993 for Red Dirt Jessie and in 1996 for Graveyard
Girl. Stolen by the Sea is about a young girls fight for survival
and struggle with jealousy during the Galveston hurricane. Myers is a
former teacher. She lives in Chandler.
Rain is Not My Indian NameCynthia Leitich Smith
HarperCollins Childrens Books, New York
Smith was a finalist in the 2001 children/young adult category for Jingle
Dancer. A mixed-blood member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Smith grew
up in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.
In this book, a grief-stricken teenager, who has isolated herself, begins
to open up to the world againvia the lens of her camera.
Fire in BeulahRilla AskewViking, New York
As modern day Oklahoma confronts the tragedy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot,
a native daughter lends her voice. Askews novel, although fictional,
portrays actual events that occurred during the riot. Askew is a two-time
winner of the Oklahoma Book Awards. She was honored in 1993 for a collection
of stories, Strange Business, and in 1998 for her novel The Mercy Seat.
She divides her time between the San Bois Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma
and upstate New York.
Clear CreekDon BallewWriters Showcase, iUniverse.com,
A portrayal of two plebeian families, one Caucasian and one Cherokee,
living in the Appalachian Mountains from 1790 to 1840. This was a period
of crisis for the new nation called the United States of America. Ballew
is a dentist in Oklahoma City. He grew up in rural Cherokee County, Oklahoma,
where his father and grandmother are listed on the Cherokee rolls.
An Uncommon EnemyMichelle Black
A Forge Book, Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, New York
Before Little Big Horn, there was the Battle of the Washita. On the day
after Thanksgiving, 1868, George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Calvary
attacked the village of Chief Black Kettle, the peace chief of the Cheyenne
Nation. Against this historical backdrop, the author tells the story of
Eden, a white woman discovered living with the Cheyenne. Black is a former
lawyer and bookstore owner from Overland, Kansas. Her novels have won
book awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.
Resort to MurderCarolyn HartWilliam Morrow,
Henrietta ODwyer Collins, better know as Henrie O. has appeared
in five other critically acclaimed Hart novels. An accomplished master
of mystery, Hart is the author of twelve Death on Demand novels, which
have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. One of the founders
of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City. She is the recipient
of the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for fiction for Sugar Plum Dead.
FlatbelliesAlan B. HollingsworthSleeping Bear
Press, Chelsea, MI
Flatbellies is a fictionalized memoir of Hollingsworths teenage
years. Set in a small Oklahoma town in the mid-1960s, the book is partly
about the seemingly unreachable goal of a high school golf team to win
the state championship. It is more about learning to deal with love, loss,
friendships and coming of age. Hollingsworth is a surgeon and the Medical
Director for the Womens Center at Mercy in Oklahoma City. This is
his first published book of fiction. He is also a non-fiction author,
and is currently writing more works of both fiction and non-fiction. He
no longer plays golf.
The Captains WifeDouglas KelleyDutton,
Penguin Putnam, Inc., New York
This epic historical novel tells the story of Mary Patten, one of the
only women in American history to take command of a full-rigged merchant
sailing ship. In 1856, nineteen year old Patten sets sail from New York
with her husband and a crew of thirty men to sail around Cape Horn to
San Francisco. When her husband falls ill, she heroically takes charge
of the ship. This is the first novel for Kelley who is a corporate pilot.
He makes his home in the small town of Pocola, Oklahoma.
Perhaps Shell DieMarcia K. PrestonIntrigue
A mystery/suspense novel set in a small Oklahoma town, this is the story
of a young woman who returns home determined to discover the truth about
her fathers death and her mothers disappearance. She soon
finds the town would like those secrets kept hidden. Preston currently
edits and publishes ByLine, a small-press trade magazine for writers.
Preston has written numerous short stories and magazine articles. This
is her first novel. She lives in Edmond.
A Sky for ArcadiaJanet TaliaferroXlibris, Philadelphia
Set in the early eighties, this is the story of Mary Ann, who awakens
from the nightmare of an attempted suicide to what she considers the nightmare
of daily life. The book chronicles her struggle to live without alcohol
and drugs while trying to save a business, her surviving child, and her
soul. Taliaferro was born in and grew up in Oklahoma City. She holds an
MA from the University of Central Oklahoma in creative studies. She now
lives in Alexandria, Virginia but maintains an office in Oklahoma City.
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