High Country Writers, Boone, NC

Book of the Year Awards

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Every year, High Country Writers presents deserving published Member/authors with the Book of the Year award.



To be eligible for a Book of the Year Award, the author must be an active member of HCW and have joined by January 31st of the year the book is published or copyrighted; the author must have attended at least 6 meetings during that same year; the author must complete a submission form and give 2 copies of their book to the committee chair by the 2nd meeting in January; and the book must have a registered ISBN and bar code, be in digital text and bound, and must be in English and nationally available.

Ingrid Kraus accepting the award from Bart Bare
Photo by Ree Strawser

Linda Jencson accepting the award from Bart Bare
Photo by Ree Strawser


Nine Years After, Jeff Block - Autobiography
The Tarnished Pulpit, Marcia Cham - Mystery
Come Fly with Me, Dorothy C. Isbell - Poetry
Power Trip, Linda Jencson - Non Fiction
Hellebore, William F. Kaiser - Historical Fiction
Red Leather Chair, Ingrid Krause - Fiction
The Whirligig of Time, Nora Lourie Percival
The Rising Sun, Mountain Gorilla, Sweet Lendy, and Wanted, Peggy Poe Stern - Appalachian Fiction

Wadmalaw, by Bart Bare - Ghost Story
One Shot Too Many, by Maggie Bishop - Appalachian Mystery
Family Secrets, Three Generations, by Lissa Brown - Young Adult
Hera's Revenge, by Wendy Dingwall - Travel Mystery
Getorix: Games of the Underworld, by Judith Geary - Historical Fiction
Tales of an Animal Communicator, by Nancy Kaiser - Animal Communication
Adya and Olechka: A Postal Romance in Old Russia, by Nora Percival - Memoir

Regional Fiction for Girl, by Bart Bare
Action Adventure for Lords of Circumstance, by Mike Leach
Historical Fiction for Victims of Conscience, by Neil Wilson

Soar Above our Yesterdays, by June Bare - Inspirational
Real Country, by Leslie Brunetsky - Humor
Cultures Emerging, by Dr. Linda j. Jencson - Nonfiction
Letting Go, by Nancy A. Kaiser - Memoir
Pell Mell, by Nora Percival - Romance

Perfect for Framing by Maggie Bishop, Mystery
All Things by June Bare, Inspirational
You Mean I Have To Look at the Body? by Marcia Cham, Memoir
Dresses, Dreams and Beadwood Leaves by Julia Taylor Ebel, Poetry
The Master Craftsman by Lila Hopkins, Family
Melbourne Beach:  The First 125 Years by Frank J. Thomas, History

Historical Fiction:  Bloodroot by William F. Kaiser
Poetry:  Quiet My Heart by June Bare
Gift Book:  Meow Means Me! Now! by Maggie Bishop
Memoir:  Escape From Andersonville by Richard Graham
NonFiction:  Self-Directed Education by Sal Kapunan
Fiction:  A Time for You by Jack R. Pyle
Regional Fiction:  Above All by Peggy Poe Stern
Fantasy:  Satan's Bargain by Bart Bare
Satire:  Melbourne Beach by Frank J. Thomas

2006 Award Winners
Dottie Isbell, Marian Coe, Peggy Poe Stern, Taylor Reese, Maggie Bishop & Fran VanLandingham

Murder at Blue Falls by Maggie Bishop, Mystery
Between Us Women by Marian Coe, Inspirational
Reflections by Dottie Isbell, Memoir
Images of America:  Washington County by Donna Akers Warmuth
Children at Play by Fran VanLandingham, Arts and Crafts
The Fortune Cookies of Real Estate by Sal Kapunan, Non Fiction
A Picture of the Past by Taylor Reese, Autobiography
Mountain Splendor by Peggy Poe Stern, Regional Fiction

Rachel's Story by Marian Coe, Historical Fiction
Getorix by Judith Geary, Young Adult Fiction
The Stud from Horney Hollow by Peggy Poe Stern, Regional Fiction
Putting Up Vittles on Nowhere Road by Frances H. Van Landingham, Cookbook
Legends, Stories and Ghostly Tales by Donna Warmuth, Regional Lore
Essence by Glenn Woods, Paranormal Fiction


Maggie Bishop, Emeralds in the Snow, mystery romance
Marian Coe, Once Upon a Different Time, historical fiction
Sal Kapunan, The Child Daredevil Hero, young adult memoir
Charles Meyers, Silent Evidence, non fiction
Nora Lourie Percival, Silver Pages on the Lawn, biography
Peggy Poe Stern, When Robins Weep, regional fiction
Donna Akers Warmuth, Blowing Rock, heritage


Lila Hopkins, Strike a Golden Cord, romance
Marjorie Kiel Persons, Classical Karaoke, music
Peggy Poe Stern, Heaven High and Hell Deep, fiction
Sal Kapunan, Everyone's an Artist, inspirational
Donna Warmuth, Boone, nonfiction


Maggie Bishop, Appalachian Paradise, romance
Marian Coe, Key To A Cottage, women's fiction
Lila Hopkins, Weave Me A Song, inspirational fiction
Carolyn Howser & Keely Howser, Simple Pleasures, poetry
Salvador Kapunan, Surviving WWII As A Child Swamp Hermit, memoir
Donna Warmuth, Plumb Full of History; A Story of Abingdon, VA, young adult


Virginia Abercrombie, Greatest Hits, poetry
schuyler kaufman for Dear Mouse..., mystery
Sharon Kellam for An Eclectic Harmony, music
Nora Percival for Weather of the Heart: A Child's Journey Out of Revolutionary Russia, memoir


Marian Coe for Marvelous Secrets, stories
BJ Foster for Bayou Shadows, romantic suspense
Majorie Kiel Persons for Themes to Remember, music
Juanita Tobin for License My Roving Hands, poetry 


Jane Wilson for MeeMa's Memory Quilt, local history
Alyce Nadeau for Observations of an Uppity Woman, stories


Marian Coe for Eve's Mountain, women's fiction

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