Book Published by USU Press Receives 2007 Utah Book Award for Fiction
Thursday, Nov. 06, 2008
The Arc and the Sediment, a book by Christine Allen-Yazzie and published by Utah State University Press, won the 2007 Utah Book Award for fiction from the Utah Center for the Book. Allen-Yazzie received the award during the recent Utah Humanities Book Festival.
In addition, another USU Press publication, Bear River: Last Chance to Change Course by Craig Denton, was a finalist for the Utah Book Award for nonfiction.
The Arc and the Sediment is a tale, though dark and difficult, that is infused with tart, twisted humor. The novel’s central character is Gretta Bitsilly, “a gin-steeped mother of two and self-proclaimed expert at standing outside the margins of ethnicity and peering in.”
Allen-Yazzie lives in Utah with her husband and two daughters. Her collection of short fiction has been recognized with a Utah Arts Council grant and by the Drue Heinz Competition as a runner-up. Her stories have been published in a number of literary journals, including Eclectica Magazine, Black River Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, Slow Trains and, most recently, Dos Passos Review. She earned a master’s of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Utah.
In 2001, The Arc and the Sediment was awarded a first-place prize for best novel and won the Utah Arts Council Annual Writing Competition Publishing Prize. The novel also received honorable mention from the James Jones First Novel Competition in the same year.
Comments about The Arc and the Sediment are impressive.
“Highly original and extremely complex and a wonderful read of a novel,” said Helena Maria Viramontes, author of Their Dogs Came with Them.“Truly a work of serious and profound vision.”
Francois Camoin, author of Why Men are Afraid of Women and winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award, said The Arc and the Sediment is a dark and lovely novel, the story of a woman lost in the territory mapped by Camus and Duras.
“Christine Allen-Yazzie has written the true story of a great new figure, a Burning Woman who for a few hours illuminates the outlands, the deserts where the forgotten of the earth walk in solitude,” Camoin said.
Utah State University Press is a refereed scholarly publisher and division of Utah State University and was established in 1972. It is an established publisher in the fields of composition studies, creative writing, folklore, Native American studies, nature and environment and Western history, including Mormon history and Western women’s history. It also sponsors the annual May Swenson Poetry Award.
For information about The Arc and the Sediment, contact Kathleen Kingsbury, USU Press marketing manager, Kathleen.Kingsbury@usu.edu.
Contact: Kathleen Kingsbury, Kathleen.Kingsbury@usu.edu
Source: USU Press
Source: USU Press