Writers' League of Texas Announces Nominees

2008 Violet Crown Book Awards

The Writers' League of Texas announced today the shortlist nominees for its annual Violet Crown Book Awards – and not the Violent Crown, as I keep repeatedly typing. (Apparently somebody's feeling lightly murderous today.)

The Violet Crown celebrates the best in adult fiction and nonfiction, while the Teddy Awards honor children's literature. Each winning author nets $1,000 and an appearance at the Texas Book Festival in November, which incidentally is when and where the winners will be announced.

Full nominee list after the jump.

Violet Crown (Fiction)
River's Ebb, by Jim Ainsworth, Campbell, TX
Harpsong, by Rilla Askew, Norman, OK
Evacuation Plan, by Joe O'Connell, Taylor, TX
America Libre, by Raul Ramos y Sanchez, Dayton OH
Sandhill County Lines, by Clay Reynolds, McKinney, TX
Trail of the Red Butterfly, by Karl H. Schlesier, Corrales, NM

Violet Crown (Nonfiction)
John Graves: Writer, edited by Mark Busby and Terrell Dixon, San Marcos, TX
Strangers in Paradise, by Paul Christensen, College Staion, TX
Texas Quilts and Quilters, by Marcia Kaylakie, Austin TX
Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman From Texas, by Gary A. Keith, Austin, TX
Blue Bell Ice Cream, by Dorothy MacInerney, Austin, TX

Teddy Award
We Are One, by Larry Dane Brimmer, Tucson, AZ
The Bee Tree, by Stephen Buchmann and Diana Cohn, El Paso, TX
The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous, by Suzanne Crowley, Southlake, TX
The Red Queen's Daughter, Jacqueline Koloson, Lubbock, TX
Cures for Heartbreak, by Margo Rabb, Austin, TX

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