2010 Oklahoma Book Award Winners
Children Winner—Chicken Dance—Tammi Sauer—Sterling
Publishing Company, Inc.
Sauer puts forth a delightful story about Marge and Lola, two chickens
on a mission. Their quest is to win the barnyard talent contest and two
tickets to see Elvis Poultry in concert. Both Marge and Lola must choose
a talent that will surpass the other barnyard animals entered in the
competition. These are no ordinary animals as children are introduced
to moon-jumping cows and water-surfing ducks. Sauer, who claims to have
danced with a few chickens during her youth, resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Young Adult Winner—Night Fires—George Edward
In 1923 after the sudden death of his father, Woodrow Harper moves with
his mother to Lawton, Oklahoma, to begin a new life. With the assistance
of Senator Crawford, his next-door neighbor, Woodrow begins to move forward
and develops a close relationship with the senator. However, he soon
discovers that Lawton has many dark secrets and the senator is heavily
involved in them. Woodrow must decide whether to fight for what his real
father believed in, or remain quiet to the horrible events taking place.
Stanley’s story covers a painful truth in America’s history.
He lives in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Design and Illustration
Winner—Willard Stone—designed by Carol Haralson—University
of Tulsa/Gilcrease Museum
With loving attention to detail, Harralson employs sophisticated layouts,
provocative photo crops, and breathtaking double-page spreads to celebrate
the work of Cherokee carver Willard Stone. The result is a work that
transcends the traditional art book. This is the second title in the
Artists of Gilcrease series. Oklahoma native Haralson serves as this
series’ editor, as well. She is a master book designer, with seven
Oklahoma Book Awards to her credit.
Winner—Where to Sleep—Illustrations
Radzinski—Sleeping Bear Press
Radzinski’s vibrant illustrations have been honored with four
Oklahoma Book Awards, for The Twelve Cats of Christmas, S is
What Cats Want for Christmas, and What Dogs Want for Christmas. In her
latest children’s book, also authored by her, a tired little kitten
hunts for the perfect place to catch some Z’s. The artist lives
in Tulsa, with her husband Mark and son Ian, and two dogs, Kirby and
of a Former Rock Queen—Kirk Bjornsgaard—4RV
Baby boomers will rejoice in the talented writing of Kirk Bjornsgaard
as he tells the story of an Oklahoma small town girl finding her way
to Rock Star fame. It’s the sixties, the beginning of a new breed
of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and music isn’t the only thing that’s
changing. Sally Moore’s life follows the ups and downs of fame
and fortune as she jumps on board a fast moving musical and cultural
journey. The late Kirk Bjornsgaard was Acquisitions Editor for the University
of Oklahoma Press and a musician. He and his wife, Noma Krasney, made
their home in Norman, Oklahoma.
Thomas Gilcrease—Randy Ramer, Carole Klein, Kimberly
Singleton, Anne Morand, Gary Moore, and April Miller—University
of Tulsa/Gilcrease Museum
The authors chronicle the life and legacy of Thomas Gilcrease. The book
addresses Gilcrease’s business and travel adventures as well as his
family life. However, the book focuses primarily on his vision of developing
a world class museum. His dream culminated in the creation of the Gilcrease
Museum, home to some of the finest art work in the world. Moreover, the largest
collection of art and artwork regarding the American West is housed at the
museum. Ramer, Klein, Roblin, and Singleton work at the Gilcrease Museum.
Morand works at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma
City. Moore works at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin,
Texas. Miller works at the Denver Botanical Gardens in Denver, Colorado.
Work is Love Made Visible: Poetry and Family Photographs—Jeanetta
Calhoun Mish—West End Press
Influenced by cherished photographs and treasured memories, Mish’s
poetry captures the heart of a family and era. Her verses are true to the
language of a time, place and people, yet add a poetic dimension to a quintessentially
Plains family story. Mish is a native Oklahoman who returned home after twenty
years to study for her PhD in American Literature and to grow tomatoes. She
is a 2010 Western Heritage Award winner in literature for Work Is Love
Fitzgerald—The spectacular photography of lifelong Oklahoma resident
David G. Fitzgerald has thrilled booklovers for more than three decades.
Fitzgerald’s published work began receiving national attention
immediately when the coffee-table book Oklahoma arrived in bookstores
in 1979. This would be the first of many books featuring his stunning
photographic work. Books that followed include Ozarks, Israel:
Land of Promise, Mansion Fare, Oklahoma II, Portrait
of the Ozarks, Oklahoma
Crossroads, Bison: Monarch of the Plains, Cherokee, Chickasaw:
Unconquered and Unconquerable, Oklahoma 3, and Cherokee
Trail of Tears.
began his career as an artist and illustrator, and this background
continues to inform his photography, prompting one critic to note, “the
painter’s eye remains much in evidence.”
In addition to
his books, his work has been showcased in both state and national exhibits.
His photographic documentary of the Benedictine Monks at St. Gregory’s
Monastery in Shawnee, Oklahoma, is displayed there. “Oklahoma
II” is a permanent exhibit in the Donna Nigh Gallery at the University
of Central Oklahoma. His “Cherokee Nation: A Portrait of a People” exhibit
has appeared at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the
Natives of North America Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Oklahoma
Historical Society. The “Cherokee Trail of Tears” exhibit
includes fifty photographs from his book Cherokee Trail of Tears.
work also appears in the State Arts Collection and the University of
Oklahoma Museum of Art.
In 1999 Fitzgerald received the Oklahoma Book
Award in the Design/Illustration category for Bison: Monarch of the
Plains. In 2003 his book Cherokee won the Benjamin Franklin Award and
was a finalist for the Oklahoma Books Awards. In 2007 he won a gold
and bronze IPPY award at the Independent Publishers Book Awards for
Chickasaw: Unconquered and Unconquerable. Fitzgerald was inducted into
the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005, and has been named Oklahoma
Photographer of the Year three times. He is a lifetime member of the
International Photography Hall of Fame.
Lovers of his work can rest
assured there is more to come. Fitzgerald has two new books available
in May 2010: Chickasaw Renaissance and Building One Fire. He is currently
working on a book entitled Courthouse Legends that features all 77
county courthouses and four federal courthouses in Oklahoma.
Stan Hoig—Author and historian Stan Hoig became one of the most
prolific writers of the American West. A native Okie, Hoig was raised
in Gage, Oklahoma, and joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, serving three
years during World War II. Following his tenure in the military, he returned
home and received a bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma
State University, and later received a master’s degree as well
as a doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma.
Hoig began his
career writing articles and books on the American West in the 1950s.
His first book, The Humor of the American Cowboy was published in 1958
and remains in print today. Hoig published a wide variety of articles
in magazines and professional journals such as the Chronicles of Oklahoma and Encyclopedia
of the American West. Moreover, he had twenty-five books
published and listed with the Library of Congress including The Sand
Creek Massacre, The Battle of the Washita, Perilous Pursuit:
The U.S. Calvary and the Northern Cheyennes, and The Chouteaus:
First Family of the Fur Trade.
Hoig’s expertise on the American West led him to
become advisor to several television productions including the Discovery
Channel’s “The Way the West Was Lost,” Real
Channel’s “Southern Cheyennes,” and the British Broadcasting
Company’s “Land Runs of Oklahoma.”
Hoig enjoyed a distinguished
teaching career, serving as a professor of journalism at the University
of Central Oklahoma. He was the recipient of numerous awards including
the Muriel H. Wright Award, the Edmond Historical Society Roll of Honor,
Oklahoma State University Clement E. Trout Writing Award, and the American
Association of University Professors Distinguished Scholar Award.
received the Oklahoma Book Award in the Children/Young Adult category
in 1991 for A Capitol for the Nation. He was honored four additional
times as a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award: three times in Non-fiction
for The Cherokees and their Chiefs: In the Wake of Empire (2000), White
Man’s Paper Trail: Grand Councils and Treaty-Making on the Central
Plains (2007), and The Chouteaus (2009); and once again in the Children/Young
Adult category for It’s the Fourth of July (1996).
Teresa Miller is author of the memoir, Means of Transit,
and the novels,
Remnants of Glory and Family Correspondence. PBS anchor
Jim Lehrer describes her as “a novelist with superb skills.” In
1994 she founded the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, based at
Oklahoma State University–Tulsa,
where she teaches advanced fiction and regional literature. Through the
Center, she maintains the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame and sponsors
her signature event, the Celebration of Books. The Celebration has hosted
many of the country’s leading authors, including Pat Conroy, N.
Scott Momaday, Frank McCourt, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Dave Barry,
Isabel Allende, and Amy Tan. Miller is also host and executive producer
of the television series "Writing Out Loud," now entering its twelfth
season on OETA, Oklahoma’s PBS affiliate. The show, which has featured
over 15 Pulitzer winners, is known for its in-depth interviews with writers.
But first and foremost, she is one of the leading advocates for Oklahoma
authors. Recently, she and her memoir were featured on NPR ’s "The
Diane Rehm Show."
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competition, is a nonprofit, 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
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work of Oklahoma authors,
to promote the
literary heritage of the state, and
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