NOVEMBER 12, 2008

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RSC Professor Is National Book Award Finalist

Photo of RSC professor Tim Tharp.
Tim Tharp, Rose State College humanities professor, is a National Book Award finalist.

Rose State College Humanities Professor Tim Tharp is a National Book Award finalist. He is nominated in the young adults division for his new novel The Spectacular Now which will be released Nov. 11.

“I’m thrilled and honored to be named a finalist for the National Book Award alongside such distinguished company,” said Tharp. “As the main character of my novel, Sutter Keely, would say, it’s spectacular!”

The Spectacular Now is about a hard-partying high school senior named Sutter Keely whose charm and good humor threaten to lure the socially challenged Aimee along on his decent into alcoholism - unless she can save him first.

Tharp’s first novel, Falling Dark, was awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. His book titled Knights of the Hill Country was named to the American Library Associations of Best Books of 2007 and won a 2006 Oklahoma Center for the Book Award.

The National Book Award recognizes the best of American literature. This award began in 1950, and was established by publishers, editors, writers and critics to honor good literature and good writers. The American Book Publishers Council, The Book Manufacturer’s Institute, and the American Bookseller’s Association jointly sponsor the awards.

“Being nominated for a National Book Award is such an honor, and we’re so proud of Tim. His books truly seem to capture the spirit and enthusiasm of this particular audience and age group.

We’re pleased that he’s at Rose sharing his writing expertise with our students,” said RSC Dean of Humanities Elizabeth Edwards.
The winners of the National Book Awards will be announced Nov. 19 in New York City. All finalists will be presented with medals and give readings Nov. 18. Winners will receive a $10,000 award and finalists each receive $1,000.