Sunday, March 23, 2008

More Big News for Zarahemla

Coke Newell's autobiographical novel On the Road to Heaven, which I published through my Zarahemla Books project, is sweeping the Mormon literary awards. Last night he won the grand prize at the brand-new Whitney Awards for Mormon fiction, taking home a beautiful crystal Best Novel of the Year award and a $1,000 prize.

Here's more info about the Whitney Awards, which promise to become the premiere award for Mormon writing--giving the grand prize to a small press's offbeat, earthy publication is an intriguing way to start for them, I reckon.

Of course, you can get Coke's book at,, BYU Bookstore, a handful of other bookstores, and hopefully many more outlets now that he's won both the AML Novel of the Year and the Whitney Novel of the Year. (I've also entered him for a Utah Book of the Year award and a Best of State award--let's go for four, Coke.)


Marsha Ward said...

Chris, it was a pleasure to meet you and Coke on Saturday, especially since I served a mission in Colombia and could relate to his book.

RE said...

Is Coke the one who wrote "Latter Days" subtitled something like "6 billion years of Mormonism"? I recall reading that some years back and then lost track of the book after loaning it out.

Christopher Bigelow said...

Yes, Wren, that's the same Coke Newell.