Terry Tempest Williams is probably used to literary honors by now. The latest has just a bit of regional specificity.
The Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association has announced winners for its 2009 Regional Book Awards, to be presented in Denver on Sept. 25. Among the honorees will be Williams, along with illustrator Chloe Hedden, for their children's picture book The Illuminated Desert. The simply poetic tribute to the Southwest desert, published last summer, captures the author's gift for finding beauty and magic in land too often dismissed as desolate.
Congratulations, and dust off another spot on that mantel.