Sequel Proves a Winner

WotCravenCoverTraverse City, Michigan–Forward Reviews has named Jerry Craven’s novel, Women of Thunder (TCU Press 2014), the 2014 Multicultural Fiction Book of the Year Winner. Women of Thunder is Craven’s sequel to The Wild Part, which was named 2013 Book of the Year Finalist.

According to the publisher:
In an attempt to regain a youthful innocence, Vietnam Veteran Tom Seal returns to El Tigrito, Venezuela hoping to find his childhood friend, Rosa Rojas, nearly two decades after Tom’s family returned to the United States. Tom longs to recreate an adventure he and Rosa shared when they were young and to return to the “Eden of their childhood.” But the ensuing eighteen years have changed not only the jungle but the two friends as well. Departing for the jungle in the rainy season, Tom and Rosa try to regain the same joy and happiness they had experienced so many years ago, but instead they are beset by howler monkeys, flesh-eating butterflies, the Jungle People, and perhaps most dangerous of all—the ghosts of their own painful pasts.

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Craven’s Women of Thunder Named INDIEFAB Finalist

WotCravenCoverTraverse City, Michigan–Forward Reviews has named Jerry Craven’s novel, Women of Thunder (TCU Press 2014), as a 2014 Multicultural Fiction finalist. Craven is no stranger to the nomination because his 2013 novel, The Wild Part, was also selected as a finalist. Women of Thunder is the sequel to The Wild Part.

Asked how he feels about having two consecutive novels named as finalists and the potential for a book of the year award, Craven answered, “It would be nice to win in the final judging, but being a finalist is a plenty flattering win of sorts.” Women of Thunder began accumulating awards even prior to its publication. The Deep South Writers Conference selected the book as Best Novel in their annual contest. The Conference of College Teachers of English gave their Creative Writing award to a chapter of the novel, and the North Texas Professional Writers Association selected the first chapter of Women of Thunder for their first place award.craven canoe 2

Jerry Craven is a retired professor of English who is originally from East Texas. He has lived in South America, southeast Asia, near the Caspian Sea, and traveled throughout much of the rest of the world. Since retirement he has returned to Texas where he lives in Jasper and spends many daylight hours canoeing and photographing the East Texas waterways.

University Hosts Literary Festival

Beaumont, TX–Lamar University hosts a two-day literary festival, and this one promises to be the biggest yet.

According to the newspaper of Lamar University:
The Lamar Literary Festival begins today on the sixth floor of Gray Library. The festival continues Friday and starts at 10 a.m. both days. The festival will honor Jerry Craven for starting Ink Brush Press and Lamar University Press, LU’s literary publishing house. Writers from Angelina River Press and TCU Press will also be in attendance.

Garry Richards, administrative assistant for English and modern languages, began coordinating the literary festival six months ago. “The first thing we did was figure out which writers were coming, we sent out letters officially inviting these people to attend,” he said. “We’ve had literary festivals in the past, but this is the first year to have the scope that we have.” There are a lot more writers involved in the festival this year compared to prior years, Richards said. Normally, three or four writers participate, but this year 13 are expected.

To read more, see: Literary fest set for today in library.

Author Honored and New Writers Sought

Lamar University–An anonymous donor has funded an upcoming literary festival. On Thursday and Friday, November 13 & 14, Lamar University Press will honor widely published novelist and poet Jerry Craven. Craven’s latest work, the novel Women of Thunder (TCU Press, 2014), follows a long stream of accomplishments and contributions to literature. The festival will also promote the Writing Texas literary journal and the New Writer Series of Lamar University Press.

For more information about the upcoming festival and the New Writer Series, visit Lamar University Press.