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Winner of 'Bellwether Prize,' Funded by Author Barbara Kingsolver '77, Cited in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Winner of 'Bellwether Prize,' Funded by Author Barbara Kingsolver '77, Cited in Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 24, 2006

Barbara Kingsolver 2005.jpgJanuary 24, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Correcting the Landscape, the debut novel of Marjorie Kowalski Cole, "has won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize, an award for socially and politically engaged fiction," notes the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Like Kingsolver, Cole uses common words in uncommon ways, making seemingly benign passages worth rereading. Like Kingsolver, Cole embeds her story so deeply in the fabric of her characters that they are almost impossible to separate," writes Diane Stresing.

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Barbara Kingsolver (pictured at top) is a 1977 graduate of DePauw University. Her books include the Pulitzer Prize-nominated The Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, The Bean Trees, Small Wonder and Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, a collaboration with National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths Belt. She also contributed an essay to the recently released Farm Aid: A Song for America.

The Bellwether Prize for Fiction, awarded in even-numbered years, consists of a $25,000 cash payment to the author of the winning manuscript, and guaranteed publication by a major publisher. The Bellwether Prize is the only major North American endowment or prize for the arts that specifically seeks to support a literature of social responsibility. Its intent is to advocate serious literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The prize is awarded to a previously unpublished novel representing excellence in this genre. The Prize was founded and is fully funded by Barbara Kingsolver.

Kingsolver collaborates with Grammy Award-nominated folk singer John McCutcheon on a song, "Our Flag Was Still There," which will appear on McCutcheon's upcoming compact disc, Mightier Than the Sword. Read more in this previous story.