National Federation of Press Women – book award

Contributed by Bonnye Matthews

National Federation of Press Women announce national award winners

The National Federation of Press Women announces the following is an award recipient at the 2019 NFPW Communications Contest Awards Banquet Saturday, June 29, 2019, during the organization's annual Communications Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Name: Bonnye Matthews
Home locality: Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska
Book: Integrity, 130,000 BC, the Cerutti Mastodon Site
Category: Young Adult Fiction, First Place

NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television. 

Recipients from across the country will receive awards for excellence in communications. A distinguished group of professional journalists, communications specialists and educators judged nearly 2,000 entries in a wide variety of categories. Only first-place winning entries at the state level are eligible to enter the national contest. All entries were published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. 

“This book is worthy of every award possible. The scientific material is authentic and rarely available. The characters are clearly drawn with just the right degree of complexity to support action. The author doesn’t shirk hard lessons – as in the episode with Elka and her father. Cruelty is softened by the kindness of her allies; therefore, we have a vindication from ugliness, and this is the way spiritual values are disclosed. In this book are studies in attitudes, customs and behaviors. How Marvelous to combine this information so well within the folds of narrative and story-telling. The scientific basis for every detail is admirable; the genealogy is fascinating. Yet, what is most significant is evidence of high ideals throughout –conflict resolution, relationships between people and animals, the meaning of integrity, right action and values. The epilogue is poetic and shows the writer’s lyricism. I recommend the highest marks for this novel.”

- Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate