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UAS Prof. Hayes wins American Book Award

University of Alaska Southeast Asst. Prof. of English Ernestine Hayes is a winner of the 28th annual American Book Awards for 2007

October 26, 2007

HayesUniversity of Alaska Southeast Asst. Prof. of English Ernestine Hayes is a winner of the 28th annual American Book Awards for 2007 for Blonde Indian, an Alaska Native Memoir. Past winners include such well-known writers as Russell Banks, Gerald Vizenor, and José Antonio Burciaga.

Since its publication in 2006, Hayes’s memoir has earned regional, national, and international acclaim. It was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize and a creative nonfiction finalist in the PEN Center USA Literary Awards. It has been called a “rewarding, evocative, ultimately uplifting view of Native life,” by Booklist and “one of the most important books to come out of Alaska,” by the Anchorage Press.

Arizona Press describes the book as blending folklore, metaphor, and a richly textured description of the Alaskan landscape. Blonde Indian offers a unique window into the challenges, rewards, and ambiguities that one woman of racially mixed heritage experiences both within and outside her native Tlingit community.

The American Book Award was established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation to recognize outstanding literary achievement from America’s diverse literary community.
 
 

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