A. Lincoln will be honored with a Christopher Award in New York City on Thursday April 15. Below is the press release.
CHRISTOPHERS HONOR 13 AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS FOR BOOKS ABOUT LOVE, COURAGE & COMMUNICATION ACROSS CULTURES
Nine books for adults and young people will be celebrated at the 61st Christopher Awards Event
NEW YORK, April 7, 2010—The Christophers are set to honor nine winning books for adults and young people on April 15 at the 61st annual Christopher Awards celebration here. The Christopher Awards salute the creators of books, feature films and TV/cable programs that remind audiences of their power as individuals to make a difference. The winning books were selected from 695 titles published in 2009 — 317 for Adults, 378 for Young People — that were submitted and reviewed.
Books for Adults
Readers get to travel through time and history to explore cultural clashes and at times rapprochements in New York, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Illinois and East Africa in the four compelling Books for Adults that The Christophers tapped to take this year’s honors. The books trace the impact of people who ignore all odds and achieve extraordinary results.
• Ronald C. White, Jr., in A. Lincoln: A Biography (Random House), redefines this man of integrity, whose moral compass, posits White, holds the key to understanding Lincoln’s life.
• Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan (Viking/Penguin Group), begins where Greg Mortenson’s first book, Three Cups of Tea, left off. Discomfort and danger mean nothing to Mortenson, whose Central Asia Institute takes him to a Pakistan torn by natural disaster. There he rebuilds earthquake-proof schools, after which he returns to the heart of Taliban territory in Afghanistan to continue his courageous efforts to build schools—mostly for girls.
• Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder writes about Deo’s heroism in Strength in What Remains: A Journey of Remembrance and Forgiveness (Random House). A refugee from Barundi, Deo arrives in New York with $200, ends up living in Central Park and, thanks to strangers’ help, attends Columbia University and medical school. Devoting his life to healing, Deo learns to transform anger into forgiveness.
• Anthony Flint writes a David and Goliath story in Wrestling with Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City (Random House). This story goes far beyond the Big Apple, reflecting the power of individuals to safeguard the essence of our communities and neighborhoods.
In addition to the books, Christopher Awards will also be presented to the creators of three feature films and five TV and cable programs.
The Christophers, a nonprofit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The ancient Chinese proverb—“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”— guides its publishing, radio, leadership and awards programs.
The Christopher Awards, first presented in 1949, annually honor writers, producers, directors and illustrators in the publishing, film, TV and cable industries whose work “affirms the highest values of the human spirit.” More information about The Christophers is available at www.christophers.org
For more information, contact:
The Christopher Awards
(212) 759-4050, ext. 229