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Literary/Mainstream

 

A Thread So Fine

By Susan Welsh

Can love for a secret child heal old wounds?
St. Paul, MN, 1946: Introspective Shannon Malone and her more popular sister Eliza are Irish twins and best friends. As little girls,they relied on each other for companionship and affection as their mother remained distant, beating back the demons of her own mysterious childhood. With the war finally over, womanhood approaches and both girls look forward to promising--though different--futures. But when tragedy rocks their family,silence and shame bloom and one sister leaves, possibly forever. Heart-broken and physically scarred, the other secretly vows to hold the invisible thread that runs deeply between them. In the course of her journey she encounters a child with a hidden past, and discovers the true meaning of family. But is it enough to bring her sister home?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genre

 

Cafe Budapest

By Peter Curtis

After a perilous journey from Prague, the penniless and exhausted KOHUT family—Willy, Sophie and Pavel—reach Paris. They are desperate to find a way to join relatives in London but with Germany threatening to invade Holland and Belgium, routes across the Channel are blocked. France starts to mobilize her army and strengthen defenses. The Allies declare war on Germany. Hoping to earn some money and find an escape route, Willy signs up with the reconstituted Czechoslovak army based in the south of France, under French military command. Sophie, still with Pavel in Paris finds part-time work at CAFÉ BUDAPEST, run by an old Hungarian baker and his wife. A few weeks later, Pavel and Sophie flee south only to be swept up in the panic when France surrenders. In an emergency evacuation, the Kohut family along with thousands of Czechoslovak soldiers and refugees are evacuated by the British Navy to Gibraltar. Britain faces the Axis powers alone. The future is uncertain.

 

 

 

 

Memoir

 

My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Book

By Karen Treiger

It was August 3, 1943, just one day after Sam escaped the Camp during a prisoner uprising. With 870,000 murdered at Treblinka, Sam was one of approximately 65 to survive and live until the end of the war. Esther had been hiding in that patch of forest for a year and was out that morning, looking for mushrooms to eat. They met and after hearing of the prisoner revolt, she took him to the Righteous Gentiles who, at great danger to themselves, hid them in their barn for three days while the Nazis, Ukrainians and Poles scoured the area looking for escapees. Deciding to stay and hide with Esther, they dug a forest pit where they “lived” when it was not freezing. They subsisted in the pit and the barns – hungry, cold, and scared – for another year until they were liberated by the Red Army in July of 1944.

This is only one piece of their harrowing story of survival. This book tells the story of Sam and Esther, Holocaust survivors, who lost their entire families because of Hitler’s Final Solution. After four years in Displaced Persons Camps, they arrived in New York Harbor to build a new life. 

Literary Contest Winners

Mainstream:


  1st Place:

"Into the Water" by Shawna Gamache


  2nd Place:

"How to Lose Your Name" by Rita Grace Atmajian


  3nd Place:

"The Jazz Garden" by Larkin Greer


Middle Grade: Sponsored by The Flamingo Writer's Group

 

  1st Place:

"Kea Thief" by Jeanette Mendell


  2nd Place:

"Clarissa Seng & the Council of Spirits" by Cindy L. Runger


  3nd Place:

'Stu & the Bittersweet Taste of Vertigo' by Laurel Hendrix


 

Historical - Sponsored by Pam Binder:

  1st Place:

"Beyond the Narrow Door"  by Mary Gregersen


  2nd Place:

"Hawthorn & the Willow" by Judy Taylor


  3nd Place:

"The Viking Girl" by Patrice Hapke

 

Nonfiction/Memoir - Sponsored by Donna Conrad:

   1st Place:

"The Letter" by Faris Cassell


  2nd Place:

"Top Dead Center" by Alison Peacock


  3nd Place:

"Double Exposure " by David Gardner


Romance/Women's Fiction - Sponsored by Gerri Russell:


  1st Place:

"Damaged in Transit" by Sandra Morris


  2nd Place:

"Chasing Home" by Priscilla Cook


  3nd Place:

"Ghost of a Woman" by Jennie Spohr


 

Poetry:

 
1st Place:

"Tres: A Mother's Grief for Mother; Genius Missed; Alone, without Him  by Jennifer Heath


  2nd Place:

"Winter Music, Minor Key, The Cost of Accounting" by William Moore


  3nd Place:

"Lapis Lazuli, Working the Drift, December" by Jonna Laster


 


Mystery/Thriller - Sponsored by Robert Dugoni:

  1st Place:

"Doppel" by Val Moses


  2nd Place:

"Fever Heights" by Michael Munro


  3nd Place:

"The Darkest Evening" by Margaret Elphick

 

 

Short Story:

  1st Place:

"The Mind Believes" by Kate Swenson


  2nd Place:

"The Wall" by Cherie Langlois


  3nd Place:

"Lesson in Futility" by Sharon Clawson


  

Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Paranormal:


 
1st Place:

"Minotaur's Shadow" by Sherry Brummel


  2nd Place:

"Dragoncast" by Alex Tremari


  3nd Place:

"The Trouble with Undead People" by Denise Tiller

  

 

Childrens:

 
1st Place:

"Sensational Annie: How Annie Londonderry Became the First Woman to Bike Around the World" by Kathryn Harold


  2nd Place:

"Wonderland: Hiding Boeing during World War II" by Maria Marshall


  3nd Place:

"My Best Friend, Her Royal Highness" by Stephanie Ward

 

 

 

Young Adult: Sponsored by an Anonymous Sponsor

  1st Place:

"Burn" by Cherie Langlois


  2nd Place:

"Jordan's River" by Anita Price


  3nd Place:

"Ravel's Revenge" by Giselle Stancic


Adult Short Topics: Sponsored by Behler Publications

 
1st Place:

"The Mother of All Fears" by Donna Cameron


  2nd Place:

"Forgive Me Father" by Erin Olds


  3nd Place:

"Pork Belly Past" by Steve Jaquith




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