Annal: 2010 Golden Kite Nonfiction Award

Results of the Golden Kite Award in the year 2010.

Book:Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song

Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song

Ashley Bryan

Ashley’s autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted—finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art. Even as a solder in the segregated Army on the beaches of Normandy, he sketched—keeping charcoal crayons and paper in his gasmask to draw with during lulls. Even as a talented, visionary art student who was accepted and then turned away from college upon arrival, the school telling Ashley that to give a scholarship to an African American student would be a waste, he painted—continuing to create art when he could have been discouraged, continuing to polish his talents when his spirit should have been beaten.

Ashley went on to become a Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee, a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, and a multiple Coretta…[more]

Book:Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life

Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life

Catherine Reef

An introduction to the life and work of one of the most significant and notorious American writers of the 20th century.

Ernest Hemingway’s literary status alone makes him worthy of a biography. In addition, his life reads like a suspense story—it’s full of action, romance, heartbreak, machismo, mishaps, celebrity, and tragedy. He had first-hand experience of several historic events of the last century, and he rubbed elbows with many other notable writers and intellectual greats of our time. Though his reputation has weathered ups and downs, his status as an American icon remains untouchable. Here, in the only biography available to young people, Catherine Reef introduces readers to Hemingway’s work, with a focus on his themes and writing styles and his place in the history of American fiction, and examines writers who influenced him and those he later influenced.

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