This award was generously supported by Helen Zell. _
Daniel Woodrell’s earliest novels included three that depicted the criminal milieu in an invented bayou town, another set along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War, and six consecutive books set in the Ozarks. Two films have been made from his novels: RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, directed by Ang Lee, based on WOE TO LIVE ON, and WINTER’S BONE, directed by Debra Granik, starring Jennifer Lawrence, won the top prize at Sundance, then received four Academy Award nominations. He has received the Pen West Award, The Clifton Fadiman Award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Ozarks Heritage Award, the Prix de Mystere Critique, and most recently THE MAID’S VERSION, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pen Center Award, won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction.