Friday, November 9, 2012

Idaho Book Extravaganza Kicks off With Awards Ceremony

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

The winners table at the Idaho Book Extravaganza awards.
  • Josh Gross
  • The winners table at the Idaho Book Extravaganza awards.

The evening of Nov. 8, several dozen of Idaho's literati gathered at Beside Bardenay, as the Bogus Basin Snowball raged on outside in the Basque Block, and celebrated a quieter, more solitary pursuit: authoring.

They were there for the annual Idaho Book Awards ceremony, the opening event for the Idaho Book Extravangza, a two-day book expo and publishing trade show intended to give authors, especially self-published and independent authors, tools and strategies to be more successful.

After an open nomination process and juried judging, 29 awards were given in seven categories from around 50 books nominated for judging. Many of the authors took home several awards.

"We have a lot of talent here in Idaho," said co-director Stacy Ennis. "This event is meant to honor those that spend all their time writing."

Top honors in fiction went to Alan Heathcock, for his story collection Volt, and to Kevin Carson in nonfiction, for his book The Long Journey of the Nez Perce. Larry Johnson was awarded best new author for his book The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising.

The full results can be seen here.

The rest of the Idaho Book Extravaganza, which includes a series of panels and workshops from 24 speakers, runs today and Saturday, Nov. 10, at Boise Centre. The complete list of workshops can be seen here.

Admission is $99 per day.

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