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Evans Biography Award-Winning Authors

Winners of the Evans Biography Award and the Evans Handcart Award are honored at an awards ceremony at Utah State University, in Logan, Utah. In recent years the authors have been interviewed on Utah Public Radio and made presentations on campus as part of these events. Follow the links to learn more about their award winning work.

Gregory A. Prince
Leonard Arrington and the Writing of
Mormon History
Evans Biography Award Winner 

(Books Published in 2016)

Leonard Arrington is considered by many the foremost twentieth-century historian of Mormonism. He played a key role in establishing the Western History Association and the Mormon History Association. But Arrington’s career was not without controversy. Greg Prince takes an in-depth look at this respected historian and, in telling Arrington’s story, gives readers insight into the workings of the LDS Church in the late twentieth century.

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Pete Fromm
The Names of the Stars: 
A Life in the Wilds
Evans Handcart Award Winner 

(Books Published in 2016)

The Names of the Stars is a trek through a life lived at its edges. From loon calls echoing across Northwood lakes to the grim realities of lifeguarding in the Nevada desert, through the isolation of Indian Creek and years spent running the Snake and Rio Grande as a river ranger, Pete seeks out the source of his passion for wildness, while exploring fatherhood and mortality and all the costs, risks, and rewards of life lived on its own terms.

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Angela Pulley Hudson
Real Native Genius: How an Ex-Slave and 
a White Mormon became Famous Indians
Evans Biography Award Winner 

(Books Published in 2015)

In the mid-1840s, Warner McCary, an ex-slave from Mississippi, claimed a new identity for himself, traveling around the nation as Choctaw performer "Okah Tubbee." He soon married Lucy Stanton, a divorced white Mormon woman from New York, who likewise claimed to be an Indian and used the name "Laah Ceil." Together, they embarked on an astounding journey across the United States and Canada, performing as American Indians.

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James M. Aton
The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones: 
Landscape Painter of the Canyon Country
Evans Handcart Award Winner 

(Books Published in 2015)

While this beautiful book showcases the fabulous artwork of renowned Utah landscape artist Jimmie Jones, it also delves into his history, motivation, education, and progression as an artist. Author James Aton, through his meticulous research and writing, weaves an interesting and in-depth narrative of Jones’ life, accented with archival photographs, to accompany the numerous art images, of exquisite canyons, he spent years painting.

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