2018 GREAT SOUTHEAST BOOK FESTIVAL NAMES ‘EARTH AS IT IS”
FOR GRAND PRIZE
PHOENIX _ The story of a man who becomes a woman in small town Indiana is the
grand prize winner of the 2018 Great Southeast Book Festival, which
honors the best books of the late winter/spring.
Author Jan Maher’s Earth As It Is (Indiana University/Break Away Books)
is the story of Charlie Bader, who comes of age in 1930s Texas struggling with
urges to dress in women's clothing. When his young bride leaves him, he journeys
to Chicago, then joins the military after Pearl Harbor. At the end of the
conflict, he winds up in Heaven, Indiana, where poor military records have
listed him as Charlene, an identity he adopts.
Charlene opens a beauty parlor and soon has a thriving clientele. She manages to
keep her own back story hidden - until she falls in love with a female customer
and her life begins to change.
Maher and other winners, runner-ups and honorable mentions in the competition
will be honored at a private dinner in April.
Other winners in the competition:
WINNER: Post-Traumatic Stress - Not A Life Sentence - Nola Hennessy
WINNER: Shari’s Secret - Patricia S. Rohner
RUNNER-UP: Long Walk Home - Don Helin
- American Pathfinder - Frank B. Mitchell Jr.
- Up Harvey’s Creek - Karl Stewart
- Never Play with Death - Hans Trujillo
- The Search for Zarahemla - Terry Neal
- Attack at Khoda Bridge - Frank B. Mitchell Jr.
- Stabbing Along the Straightaway - D.G. Stern
WINNER: Taste of Texas - Nina Hendee, et. al
WINNER: The GIrl Who Could Read Hearts - Sherry Maysonave
WINNER: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer - Janet Maker
WINNER: A Shadow of Hope - Pamela Bauer Mueller
WINNER: The Legend of Dragonfly Pond - Alene Adele Roy
RUNNER-UP: Trotter & D.O.G. - Donna S. Starkey
WINNER: Earth As It Is - Jan Maher
RUNNER-UP: The Life Of Teenagers Ain’t’ No Joke - Keith G. Wright
WINNER: Impending Fate - William Messenger
WINNER: Up to the Eaves - David Ritchey
RUNNER-UP: Grave Matters - Carlotta B. Holton
WINNER: The Quantum Cartographer - Kristin K. Fisher