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Aguilar wins Oregon Book Award

by: Submitted Photo - Author George Aguilar

Warm Springs author George Aguilar Sr. was selected for honors at the Dec. 1, Oregon Book Awards held at the Portland Art Museum.
   The ceremony, which was attended by nearly 500 people, celebrated the state's finest authors.
   Aguilar was presented with the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction for his book "When the River Ran Wild! Indian Traditions on the Mid-Columbia and the Warm Springs Reservation."
   Judge Jonathan Yardley said the book was, "an important contribution to the history of the author's people, the Eastern Chinook Indians, and to the history of Oregon as well, and is a moving book in its own right."
   The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour will bring Aguilar and the other winners and finalists to public libraries and independent bookstores in select Oregon towns.
   The awards are sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Since 1987, the Oregon Book Awards have honored the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers in genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers' literature.
   Out-of-state judges choose finalists and winners in each category, using literary merit as the sole criterion.