Thursday, August 19, 2010

KANSAS MYSTERY AUTHOR TO RECEIVE MAJOR LITERARY AWARD


Nancy Pickard to be honored with Don Coldsmith Award at 2010 Sunflower State Book Festival

Internationally-acclaimed mystery writer Nancy Pickard will receive the 2010 Don Coldsmith Literary Award at the annual Sunflower State Book Festival. The Festival will be held on October 9, 2010, in the Osborne High School Gymnasium at 215 West Washington Street in Osborne, Kansas.

A public reception for Nancy will be held the previous evening, on Friday, October 8th, from 4 to 7PM at the Osborne Public Library, located at 325 West Main Street in Osborne.

The Don Coldsmith Award pays tribute to a distinguished Kansas author whose lifetime contributions have utilized the written word to enhance the proud literary legacy of the Sunflower State. The annual award is sponsored by the Osborne, Kansas-based company Ad Astra Publishing.

Nancy Pickard was chosen as this year's recipient of the Don Coldsmith Award for her 30-year writing career in which she has pushed the presumed limits of the popular genre of crime fiction (the "mystery/thriller") to previously unimagined heights while at the same time receiving critical acclaim worldwide.

Nancy was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She received a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri and began writing fiction at age 35. For the past 35 years she has lived in Merriam, Kansas.

Pickard's first published short story, A Man Around the House, appeared in 1981, and her first novel, Generous Death, came in 1984. She is a four-time Edgar Award finalist and the winner of the Anthony, Agatha, Macavity, and Shamus Awards - the only author to ever win all four - for her fiction, as well as the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence. Nancy's 19 novels to date include the popular Eugenia Potter, Jenny Cain, Marie Lightfoot, and Kansas series. In addition she has published over 30 short stories and her writings have appeared in over 55 anthologies, collections, and edited works.

Nancy's 2006 novel The Virgin of Small Plains was set in the Flint Hills of Kansas. It was named a 2007 Kansas Notable Book and was honored as the Kansas Reads Book of the Year in 2009. The Scent of Rain and Lightning, her most recent book, debuted in bookstores on May 4, 2010. It has a setting inspired by the Monument Rocks in West Central Kansas. The book has already received critical acclaim from reviewers worldwide, was named a Notable Book by the National Association of Independent Booksellers, and is a Barnes & Noble "Recommended" Main Selection.

"If you read for pleasure, there's probably more pleasure per inch in Pickard's work than almost any other current crime novelist." - Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Pickard's is also the co-author of a non-fiction book, Seven Steps On The Writer's Path. She is a founding member and former president of Sisters In Crime, the international organization devoted to women mystery writers, and is a past member of the board of directors of The Mystery Writers of America.

Nancy founded a new local chapter, "Border Crimes," for which she served as the first president and where she runs a "book dissection" group once a month. The chapter and the dissection group both meet at I Love a Mystery Bookstore in Mission, Kansas. She is currently at work writing her next "Kansas" novel, to be set in the far southeast corner of the state.

The Don Coldsmith Award is named after the prolific and internationally-popular Emporia , Kansas doctor who passed away on June 25, 2009. A primarily Western fiction author and past president of the Western Writers of America, Coldsmith wrote over 40 books, 150 articles and 1600 newspaper columns. He was named in a recent survey one of the Best 24 Western Authors of the Twentieth Century. Coldsmith's "Spanish Bit Saga," a series of related novels, helped to redefine the Western novel by adopting the point of view of the Native Americans, rather than the European immigrants. There are more than six million copies of the "Saga" series in print, as well as editions in German, French and Swedish.

Ad Astra Publishing LLC was founded as a royalty press in 2007 by David Readio and Von Rothenberger. The company's primary mission is promotion of the writing of literature by Kansas authors and about Kansas.

Von Rothenberger

Chair, Sunflower State Book Festival Committee

Osborne KS

785-346-5565

vonr5@ruraltel.net

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