NIGHT FIRES author and W.A.R. writer George Stanley, has been featured here several times.
George has been incredibly supportive and instrumental in spreading the word about the need to talk and to teach about race in schools. He is one of the founding members of W.A.R., and I am proud to annouce his recent accomplishment: winner of the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for his fantastic book, NIGHT FIRES (Simon and Schuster, 2009)!
George was kind enough to give W.A.R. a shout out in his interview.
"His six-year effort on this book also prompted Stanley to become involved with the project “Writers Against Racism (WAR)” created by School Library Journal contributing blogger Amy Bowllan, and to write to Attorney General Eric Holder after his comments on Americans’ general fear of confronting and talking about racial issues. “I wish the Department of Justice and the Department of Education would call a conference in Washington, D.C. to bring together writers who have written children’s and young adult novels that deal with racism. We can start talking. I would certainly attend — and I have other writer friends who I think also would attend,” he wrote to Holder. (comes via Billie Hill reporter for the Lawton Constitution)
Kudos to you, George, and to the other winners!!!