2018 GREAT SOUTHWEST 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 Southwest 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.


GENERAL FICTION

WINNER: Desert Kill Switch - Mark Bacon

RUNNER-UP: The Spear of the Centurion - Thom Vines

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Red River - Bob Guess
  • American Pathfinder - Frank B. Mitchell Jr.
  • Attack at Khoda Bridge - Frank B. Mitchell Jr.
  • Pigeon - Daniel Zadow
  • The Search for Zarahemla - Terry Neal
  • Agrathias - Conor Nicholl


HOW-TO

WINNER: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Breast Cancer - Janet Maker

RUNNER-UP: Blindsided By His Betrayal - Caroline Madden


WILD CARD

WINNER: Noteworthy UFO Cases - David Ritchey

RUNNER-UP: Impending Fate - William Messenger

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • The SMS Ranch - Dawn Youngblood
  • The Spear of the Centurion - Thom Vines


GENERAL NON-FICTION

WINNER: The Bloody Fifth - John F. Schmutz

RUNNER-UP: Business Leadership Principles - Rick Early

HONORABLE MENTION:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress - Not A Life Sentence - Nola Hennessy


COOKBOOKS

WINNER: Taste of Texas - Corbin Blackford


PHOTOGRAPHY

WINNER: Taste of Texas - Corbin Blackford


BUSINESS

WINNER: The Perpetual Paycheck

RUNNER-UP: Entrepreneurship at the Bottom of the Pyramid - Marcello Tonelli

 

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

WINNER: The Legend of Dragonfly Pond - Alene Adele Roy

RUNNER-UP: Dilby R. Dixon’s The Dilbonary - Toni J. Perri


SPIRITUAL

WINNER Believing In Our Self - Scott Friedman

RUNNER-UP: The Girl Who Could Read Hearts - Sherry Maysonave


YOUNG ADULT

WINNER: Earth As It Is - Jan Maher


COMPILATIONS

WINNER: Sound Generation: The Resonant Voices of Teen Girls - Keren Taylor, editor

RUNNER-UP: Presidents in the Crosshairs - David Ritchey


SCIENCE FICTION

WINNER: The Quantum Cartographer - - Kristin K. Fisher


POETRY

WINNER: In Spiritus Theos - Brett Nelson