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Tulsa World

March 5, 2000
Edition: Final Home Edition
Section: BOOKS
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Oklahoma Book Award finalists announced

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It's eraser-chewing time for authors whose works have been picked as finalists in the 2000 Oklahoma Book Award competition, sponsored by the Oklahoma Center for the book in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

Winners in each of the five categories will be announced at the 11th annual Oklahoma Book Award ceremony on March 11 at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. All books entered in the contest must be written by Oklahomans or about Oklahoma.

In addition, one writer each year is honored for a body of work. The award, called the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, was named for the Norman historian who served as the first president of the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

This year's winner is children's author Bill Wallace. He received the Oklahoma Sequoyah Children's Book Award in 1983 for "A Dog Named Kitty," which also won awards from Texas (1983) and Nebraska (1985). He won a second time in 1991 for "Beauty."

Wallace studied professional writing with William Foster-Harris and Dwight Swain at the University of Oklahoma. He began teaching school in Chickasha in 1971. After teaching for several years he became an elementary school principal.

His wife, Carol, is an elementary school teacher and has co-authored with him "The Flying Flea," "Callie and Me" and "That Furball Puppy and Me."

Last year's recipient was Tulsa author and award-winning reporter Michael Wallis.

From time to time, the Ralph Ellison Award, honoring a deceased Oklahoma writer, is also presented. It is named after its first recipient. The 2000 Ralph Ellison Award will be presented to Anadarko native Jim Thompson. He was known as a novelist, journalist and short story and script writer. Many of his works have been made into movies including, "The Killer Inside Me," "The Getaway," "The Grifters" and "After Dark, My Sweet."

Thompson directed the Federal Writers Project in Oklahoma in the 1930s and later worked for the New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times Mirror. He died April 7, 1977.

Anyone interested in tickets to the event should call Glenda Carlile, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, at 1-800-522-8116. The center is an outreach program of the Library of Congress.

Tuesday Writers

Author Peggy Moss Fielding will speak on "Getting into Films and the Romance Novel" when she returns to the meeting of Tuesday Writers at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Helmerich Library, 5131 E. 91st St.

Fielding has published numerous articles and novels. Her most recent work, published by Prentice Hall, is a reference work for telemarketing managers. One of Fielding's strengths is inspiring new writers to have faith in their own abilities. After the program there will be a time for authors to share their work.

Chapters for children

A Tulsa woman, Jean Westcott, is kicking off a new series of children's chapter books with the publication of her first, "Rad Sergeant: The Ghost and the Rodeo" ($9.95). She will be signing copies and meeting readers from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Steve's Sundry, Books and Magazines, 2612 S. Harvard Ave. She attributes her inspiration for the books to her grandsons.

-- Judy Randle, Book editor OKLAHOMA BOOK AWARD NOMINEES Fiction

Dark Justice by Bill Bernhardt, Ballantine Books; Oklahoma Run by Alberta Wilson Constant, Lincoln County Historical Society, Chandler; Succubus by Paul F. Fernald, Sterling House; The Voice that Was in Travel by Diane Glancy, University of Oklahoma Press; A Prayer for the Dying by Stewart O'Nan, Henry Holt and Co.; The Bingo Queen of Paradise by June Park, HarperCollins; and Falling Dark by Tim Tharp, Milkweek Editions.


(Ado) Ration by Diane Glancy, Chax Press; Dowsing for Light by Kennette Harrison, Elk River Review Press; In the Bear's House by N. Scott Momaday, St. Martin's Press; First Light: An Anthology of Paraguayan Women Writers, edited by Susan Smith Nash, Texture Press; Every Other One by Francine Ringold-Johnson and Manly Johnson, Coman & Associates; and "Harlem Gallery and Other Poems of Melvin B. Tolson, edited by Raymond Nelson, University Press of Virginia.

Children/Young Adult

Buffalo Dreams by Kim Doner, Graphic Arts Center Publishing; Brief Garland by Harold Keith, Eakin Press; Head Above Water, S.L. Rottman, Peachtree Publishers; Letters from Vinnie, Maureen Stack Sappey, Front Street Press; and the Buffalo Train Ride by Desiree Morrison Webber, Eakin Press.


Agrarian Socialism in America: Marx, Jefferson, and Jesus in the Oklahoma Countryside by Jim Bissett, University of Oklahoma Press; Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball in Oklahoma by Bob Burke, Kenny A. Franks, and Royce Parr, Oklahoma Heritage Association; Passion for Equality: The Life of Jimmy Stewart by Bob Burke and Vicki Miles-LaGrange, Oklahoma Heritage Association; The National Congress of American Indians: The Founding Years by Thomas W. Cowger, University of Nebraska Press;Horizontal Yellow: Nature and History in the Near Southwest by Dan Flores, University of New Mexico Press; The Cherokees and Their Chiefs: In the Wake of Empire by Stanley W. Hoig, University of Arkansas Press; Peyote Religious Art: Symbols of Faith andBelief by Daniel C. Swan, University Press of Mississippi; Native American Style, by Elmo Baca and M.J. Van Deventer, Gibbs Smith; The Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West by Michael Wallis, St. Martins Press; George Washington Grayson and the Creek Nation: 1843-1920 by Mary Jane Warde, University of Oklahoma Press.


Green Woods and Crystal Waters: The American Landscape Tradition, designed by Carl Brune, Philbrook Museum of Art; Buffalo Dreams, illustrated by Kim Doner, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company; Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball in Oklahoma, designed by Carol Haralson, Oklahoma Heritage Association; Summertime From Porgy and Bess, illustrated by Mike Wimmer and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

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