Lacombe’s Georgia Graham shortlisted for literary award

A Lacombe children's author and illustrator has been shortlisted for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards.

A Lacombe children’s author and illustrator has been shortlisted for the 2013 Alberta Literary Awards.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta announced that Georgia Graham is one of three nominees for the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature. She was recognized for Where Wild Horses Run, published by Red Deer Press.

She both wrote and illustrated the book that was also named the silver medal winner of the 2012 Independent Publishers Award.

Awards jurors looked at 203 submissions to select 27 finalists in nine categories. Finalists represent extraordinary literary work written by Alberta authors and published in 2012.

Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Alberta Book Awards Gala on Saturday May 25 in Edmonton.

Graham is up against Marion Brooker of Edmonton for her book Tadeo’s Search for Circles, published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, and Joan Marie Galat of Spruce Grover, for her book The Discovery of Longitude, published by Pelican Publishing Co.

Graham has written and illustrated other children’s books, including The Lime Green Secret. Nana’s Summer Surprise, written by Heather Hartt Sussman and illustrated by Graham, comes out this spring.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is the largest provincial writers’ organization in Canada.