October 27, 2007

Tlingit wins American Book Award

Hayes wins American Book Award for her memoir, 'Blonde Indian'Ernestine Hayes's "Blonde Indian" has been selected as a winner of the 28th annual American Book Awards for 2007. Established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, the American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from America's diverse literary community.

Offering a fresh and compelling voice that has earned recognition in Native oratory and storytelling, Ernestine Hayes's writing has appeared in Travelers' Tales Alaska, The Anchorage Press and the Juneau Empire. In "Blonde Indian"--a beautiful evocation of the enduring power of heritage and landscape through generations--Hayes traces her life from her childhood growing up in the Tlingit community through her adulthood, during which she lived for some time in Seattle and San Francisco, and her eventual return home.

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