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MARIST PROFESSOR WINS GOLD MEDAL AT INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER AWARDS
POUGHKEEPSIE - Tommy Zurhellen, associate professor of English at Marist College, was recently awarded a Gold Medal for his debut novel Nazareth, North Dakota at the 2012 Independent Publisher Awards (IPPYs) in New York City.
"I'm thrilled to have my novel recognized at the IPPY awards this year," Zurehellen said. "To me, these awards are so important because they honor many writers and editors whose work might fall outside the mainstream. I'm also happy literary fiction likeNazareth, North Dakota still has a sizable audience who enjoy literature that challenges them a bit."
Nazareth, North Dakota (Atticus Books) won the "Best Fiction: Midwest" category for its irreverent re-telling of the story of the young Messiah, set in the lonely prairie and Badlands of North Dakota starting in the 1980s. Publishers Weekly said of Nazareth, North Dakota: “[T]his debut novel reveals the hardscrabble life of normal, unguided people who put their last dollars in the juke box and don’t worry about what will happen when the song ends … Zurhellen’s masterful dialogue often makes for gripping scenes that sustain these characters for decades.”
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