Jemez Springs author nominated for top award

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Books > Nominees have won Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes

By Gina Velasquez

Leandro Thomas “Tom” Gonzales, of Jemez Springs, has been nominated for a national literary award, but remains humble, being it is his first novel.
Gonzales book, “Follow the Spinning Sun,” was nominated for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, an award presented to a novel that makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature. The winner will be announced in June.
The lists of nominees also include persons who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. Out of the 152 books that are in the running, 47 of them are first novels.
Libraries around the world nominate books, then send them to Dublin, Ireland for voting. “The books have a high literary merit,” according to the IMPAC website.
“Follow the Spinning Sun” is a fictional novel, which explores why the Tyuoni tribe abandoned their homeland in what is now the Bandelier National Monument.
The wonder of living in such an extraordinary time and place will provoke interest in the age-old mystery of what really happened to the Anasazi.

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