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Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship Awards Banquet

  • The Book Haven 135 F Street Salida, CO, 81201 United States (map)

The Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship was established in 2015 by The Book Haven in Salida, Colorado in memory of author Kent Haruf (1943-2014). Haruf’s six award-winning novels, all set in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado include Plainsong (1999), Eventide (2004), Benediction (2013), and Our Souls at Night, published posthumously May 26, 2015.

The Scholarship is open to High School juniors and seniors who submitted works of fiction or creative non-fiction. Four finalists were selected in January, 2017, and they will have the opportunity to gain writing insight during the Workshop, prior to the Banquet. Susan Tweit will be the Workshop Facilitator and Master of Ceremonies at The Awards Banquet.

At 7:00, each of the four finalists will read a portion of their submission for the Scholarship.The finalists all chose to write a short fiction piece. Hennerey Laughlin of Canon City High School wrote “Sleep for Now”, Kyndall Newell of Salida High School submitted “Sweet Revenge”, Berlin VanNess from Buena Vista High School wrote “Running With The Wind”, and Michael White from Canon City High School shared “The Banjo and Freedom; Do Your Part”.

The Scholarship and Award Certificate will then be presented to the winner by Jennifer Dempsey, since Cathy Haruf will be recovering from hip surgery.

The menu for the dinner will be:

          Sesame Miso Soup
          Mandarin Orange Salad with toasted almonds
          Choice of Beef, Shrimp, or Vegetarian Curry
          Basmati Rice
          Chocolate Mousse

David Tipton will be playing his Chapman stick.

Reservations Required!
Cost for the event is $30, which includes a donation to the Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Please RSVP to with your choice of Main Course.

Thank you very much for joining us at the 2nd Annual Awards Banquet!

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