Immortal Mullah Nasruddin wins Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

wins Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award

THE UNCOMMON SENSE OF THE IMMORTAL MULLAH NASRUDDIN by Ron Suresha has received the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award.
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, 2nd printing front cover
Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, 2nd printing front cover
Every two years, an (Augusta) Baker’s Dozen (13) of titles are chosen for the ANNE IZARD STORYTELLERS’ CHOICE AWARD that was established in 1990 to honor Anne Izard, noted storyteller, librarian and consultant, who had died that same year. The award was established in her name by the Westchester County Library System (New York), where she served as the Children’s Services Consultant for many years. The award highlights distinguished titles in the field of storytelling published for children and adults, and promotes the riches of storytelling to even wider audiences.
Books considered for the 11th award had to be original material, reprints, or new English translations published in North America between January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.
A ceremony of stories and storytelling will be held the morning of Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the White Plains Public Library in White Plains, New York. The morning program is open to the public with a local bookstore supplying books and an area for authors to sign their titles. A luncheon follows for the award recipients, their guest, and committee members only.
Selection Criteria:

While mindful of the established standards of excellence in literature, the primary intention of this award is to honor books that can be used with confidence as resources for storytellers.

Stories must be entirely successful without depending upon illustrations, graphic elements, or audio-visual media.

Collections, as well as individual picture book versions of stories, will be considered.

Folk tales should be distinguished by an outstanding style, which makes the particular version notable. Authenticity, scholarship, and documentation will be taken into consideration, but are not the sole criteria.

Distinguished examples of original stories should preserve, promote and/or honor an oral tradition.

Non-fiction narratives, including poetry and biography, will be considered.

Books which deepen and enrich a storyteller’s understanding of the meaning and uses of story, as well as books pertaining to folk traditions, aesthetics, methods and study of storytelling are eligible.

Here is a complete list of this year’s award recipients:

  • Bateman, Teresa. The Leprechaun under the Bed. Illustrated by Paul Meisel. Holiday House, 2012.
  • Claflin, Willy. Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarfs: A Maynard Moose Tale. Illustrated by James Stimson. August House, 2011
  • Ellis, Elizabeth. From Plot to Narrative: A Step-By-Step Process of Story Creation and Enhancement. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.
  • Ford, Lyn. Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition. Parkhurst Brothers, Inc., 2012.
  • Gotschall, Jonathan. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
  • Hamilton, Mary. Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Lies.University Press of Kentucky, 2012.
  • Lyon, George Ella. Which Side Are You On: The Story of a Song. Illustrated by Christopher Cardinale. Cinco Puntos Press, 2011.
  • MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Boy from the Dragon Palace. Illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Albert Whitman and Company, 2011.
  • Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion Books an imprint of Disney/Jump at the Sun, 2012.
  • Pullman, Philip. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. Viking Adult, 2012
  • Strauss, Linda Leopold. The Elijah’s Door: A Passover Tale. Illustrated by Alexie Natchev. Holiday House, 2012.
  • Suresha, Ron J. The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin. Lethe Press, 2011
  • Van Dusen, Chris. King Hugo’s Huge Ego. Candlewick, 2011.

Author: Ron Suresha

Ron Jackson Suresha is an editor, anthologist, and writer. He is considered an authority on emergent queer masculinities, in particular the subcultures of gay and bi male Bears and of male bisexuality. For Ron's service to the bear community, he was named "Bear of the Year" 2008. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Suresha attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 1976-8), where he studied creative writing, and Vista College (Berkeley, Cal., 1989-92), where he studied American Sign Language. For more than two decades, he has worked as a freelance proofreader for trade book publishers such as Shambhala Publications. He was married in October 2004 to Rocco Russo. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in Connecticut, an ordained minister, ULC, and a member of the New London Green Party. Nonfiction works include Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions; Bi Men: Coming Out (coeditor, with Pete Chvany); Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (editor). His latest book is The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, published by Lethe Press.