And the Crows Took Their Eyes is one of five finalists for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Prize, the winner to be announced in December! This is a Big Deal to me because it's a validation for the many years of research and writing that went into this book of my heart.
Below is information from the email I received. Crows is such good company--it's an honor to be included!
The WNC Historical Association presented the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wilma Dykeman in 1955 for The French Broad. Last year the winner was Dr. Sandra Muse Isaacs for her nonfiction work, Eastern Cherokee Stories: A Living Oral Tradition And Its Cultural Continuance. Others who have received the award include Wiley Cash, John Ehle, Charles Frazier, Gail Godwin, Michael McFee, Robert Morgan, Ron Rash, Fiona Ritchie, and Lee Smith.
This year’s five finalists were chosen from a wide range of original nominations. Listed alphabetically by author last name, they are:
Mary Othella Burnette
Lige of the Black Walnut Tree: Growing Up Black in Southern Appalachia
Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
Even As We Breathe: A Novel
And the Crows Took Their Eyes
All the Great Territories
The award ceremony will take place via Zoom this year on Thursday, December 9 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm via Zoom. .