The Center of the American West is proud to present Kent Haruf with its highest honor, the Stegner Award, on April 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wittemyer Courtroom of the Wolf Law Building on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
A self-proclaimed “ministry brat,” Kent Haruf grew up in eastern Colorado, where his novels are set. He was 41 before his first piece of fiction, in Puerto del Sol, was published. Haruf’s most recent novels are Eventide (Alfred A Knopf, 2004) and Plainsong (Alfred A Knopf, 1999), winner of the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award and a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The New Yorker Book Award. Plainsong became a U.S. bestseller and The New York Times called it “a novel so foursquare, so delicate and lovely, that it has the power to exalt the reader.” His novel, The Tie That Binds (Vintage, 2000), received a Whiting Foundation Award and a special citation from the PEN/Hemingway Foundation. He lives with his wife, Cathy, in Colorado.
Each year, the Center of the American West presents the Wallace Stegner Award to an individual who has made a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the West through literature, art, history, lore, or an understanding of the West.