Brenda Black’s family biography, Black & Kiddo, A True Story of Dust, Determination, and Cowboy Dreams has been named as a finalist in the annual Sarton Women’s Book Awards.
The Sarton Women’s Book Awards™ are sponsored by the Story Circle Network, an international nonprofit association of women writers. Awards are presented annually in four categories.
The award program is named in honor of May Sarton, who is remembered for her outstanding contributions to women’s literature as a memoirist, novelist, and poet.
The awards are given annually to women authors writing chiefly about women in memoir, biography and fiction published in the United States and Canada and selected from works submitted. The awards are limited to submissions originally written in English and published by small/independent publishers, university presses, and author-publishers (self-publishing authors). Professional librarians not affiliated with SCN select the winner and finalists.
Winners in the four categories (memoir, nonfiction, contemporary fiction,
and historical fiction) will be announced in early April, 2020.
Brenda Clem Black is an Arkansas native and long-time resident of Prairie Grove. Her book, Black & Kiddo, is a narrative nonfiction about her husband’s parents, also Prairie Grove residents, although their roots were in Texas and New Mexico.
“They were extraordinary human beings living through some catastrophic events, and their story deserved to be told,” said Black. “I am honored that the book has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sarton Award.”
Previous honors garnered by Black & Kiddo include a Will Rogers Silver Medallion, New Mexico/Arizona Book Award, INDIE Book Award, and Best Book of the Year by Ozarks Writers League.