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Awards: PEN Center USA West Literary Awards
1999 Winners


Tomato Red Tomato Red
by Daniel Woodrell
Our Price: $20.00

This novel takes a bunch of Ozark residents you'd be happy to run over (maybe even back over a few times) and makes them almost bedazzling in their earnest but mindless attempts to perfect a number of confidence tricks. Woodrell is well worth your time.

Creative Nonfiction

Red Star Sister Red Star Sister
Between Madness and Utopia
by Leslie Brody
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Leslie Brody's account of coming-of-age in the radical counterculture of the late '60s and early '70s takes her on an unpredictable odyssey from an awkward adolescence on Long Island to paramilitary training in Chicago, communal living in Ann Arbor, violent protests in the streets of San Francisco, and finally on a quixotic journey via Amsterdam and London to meet with North Vietnamese leaders in Paris to end the war.

Research Nonfiction

The Contested Plains The Contested Plains
Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado
by Elliott West
Our Price: $20.60

THE CONTESTED PLAINS recounts the rise of the Native American horse culture, white Americans' discovery and pursuit of gold in the Rocky Mountains, and the wrenching changes and bitter conflicts that ensued.


The Art of the Lathe The Art of the Lathe
by B. H. Fairchild
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"Anyone who can lay claim to the authorship of this much excellent poetry wins my unqualified and grateful admiration."
--Anthony Hecht

Lifetime Achievement Award -- Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles The Martian Chronicles
by Ray Bradbury
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Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor; where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -- first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars...and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamor of an ancient, mysterious native race.