(Denver, Colorado) – Women Writing the West (WWW) is proud to announce the 2015 WILLA Literary Award competition Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2014 published literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West. WWW is the underwriter and annual presenter of this nationally recognized award.
Chosen by professional librarians, historians and university affiliated educators, the winning authors and their books were honored at the 21st Annual WWW Conference, which was held in Redmond, Oregon, October 9 - 11, 2015.
WILLA Winners: Rachel Weaver, Jane Kirkpatrick, and David J. Langum Sr.
WILLA Finalists: Janet Oakley, Liza Porter, Deborah Winegarten, Patricia Ackerman and Deborah Lincoln
The 2015 honorees are listed with the designation of Winner and Finalist in each category.
WINNER: Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver (Ig Publishing)
FINALIST: Monday, Monday by Elizabeth Crook (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
FINALIST: Stars Go Blue by Laura Pritchett (Counterpoint Press)
WINNER: A Quilt For Christmas by Sandra Dallas (St. Martin’s Press)
FINALIST: Agnes Canon’s War by Deborah Lincoln (Blank Slate Press)
FINALIST: Timber Rose by J. L. Oakley
ORIGINAL SOFTCOVER FICTION (TRADE OR MASS MARKET)
WINNER: A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick (Revel/Baker)
FINALIST: The Story Is The Thing by Amy Hale Auker (Pen-L Publishing)
FINALIST: Walls for the Wind by Alethea Williams (Whiskey Creek Press/Start Publishing)
WINNER: Diary of A Citizen Scientist by Sharman Apt Russell (Oregon State University Press)
FINALIST: Xylotheque by Yelizaveta P. Renfro (University of New Mexico Press)
FINALIST: Altitude Adjustment by Mary Beth Baptiste (Rowan & Littlefield)
WINNER: Quite Contrary: The Litigious Life of Mary Bennett Love by David J. Langum, Sr. (Texas Tech University Press)
FINALIST: Marymount College of Kansas: A History by Patricia Ackerman (The History Press)
WINNER: The Secret Life of Us Kids by Bonnie B. Maldonado (Far Country Press)
FINALIST: Souvenir by Aimee Suzara (Word Tech Communications)
FINALIST: Red Stain by Liza Porter (Finishing Line Press)
CHILDREN’S/YOUNG ADULT FICTION AND NONFICTION
WINNER: Searching for Silver Heels by Jeannie Mobley (Simon & Schuster)
FINALIST: Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky by Sandra Dallas (Sleeping Bear Press)
FINALIST: Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist by Debra Winegarten (The University of Texas Press)