Seven Laurels Awarded Langum Prize for Historical Fiction

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 19, 2005 — Seven Laurels, a novel by Linda Busby Parker, has been awarded the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. 

The book was published in 2004 by the Southeast Missouri State University Press and depicts an African American man named Brewster McAtee and his family in the throes of the American civil rights movement. The novel previously won the James Jones First Novel Award.

The Langum Project (http://www.langumtrust.org) was founded out of the conviction that too many historians were writing only for each other’s reading and not for the general public. Eligible books must be accessible to the general, educated public, rooted in sound scholarship and with themes that touch upon matters of general concern to the American public, past or present.

The author receives $1,000 and expenses paid to deliver a lecture in Birmingham, Ala., on March 5.