LOGAN — A biographer of a Mormon historian and the author of a memoir about living in the wilderness have been named 2016 Evans Book Award winners by Utah State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The 2017 Evans Biography Award went to Gregory A. Prince for “Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History,” and the Evans Handcart Award went to Peter Fromm for his memoir “The Names of the Stars: A Life in the Wilds.”
The awards were open to biography, autobiography and memoirs published in 2016 and “whose authors or subjects are part of what author Wallace Stegner called ‘Mormon Country,’ that region historically influenced by Mormon institutions and social practices,” according to a news release.
Two juries of scholars and book experts judged submissions at a regional and national level. The awards were founded in 1983 by the family of David Woolley and Beatrice Cannon Evans to celebrate their legacy of writing.
Finalists were also named for each award.
Paul Andrew Hutton's "The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History" (Crown, 2016) was the finalist for the Evans Biography Award. Michael Branch's collection of essays in "Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness" (Roost Books, 2016) was the finalist for the Evans Handcart Award.
See mountainwest.usu.edu for information about the awards and submissions for the 2018 awards. Deadline for submissions to the Evans Awards for works of biography, autobiography or memoir published in 2017 will be mid-February 2018, according to press materials.