"Night Fires," a novel by Cameron University professor George E. Stanley, has been nominated for the Oklahoma Book Award, presented by the Oklahoma Center for the Book, the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Oklahoma Book Awards are given each year in fiction, non-fiction, children/young adult, poetry, and design/illustration categories for work written by an Oklahoman or about Oklahoma. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in April.
The School Library Journal has called "Night Fires," published last summer by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin Books, "a thought-provoking novel about racism in rural Oklahoma." Highly charged and provocative, the volume explores the influence of the Ku Klux Klan in 1920's Oklahoma and the danger of succumbing to peer pressure. Aimed at children ages 8-12, it is a powerful depiction of a shameful chapter in American history, as well as a deeply personal story of a boy's struggle to discover who his father was - and who he wants to become.
March 1, 2010