GREENSBORO, N.C.-Author Gina Farago is the winner of the New York Book Festival Award in the category "genre-based" for her novel, "Ivy Cole and the Moon." The New York Book Festival holds its annual competition "to bring greater attention to worthy works of literature and grow their cultural impact beyond the grassroots." This year's competition recognized titles written between 2003 and the present.
"This is my first novel, and to win the New York award and receive all the other recognition since Ivy Cole's release has been a blessing for me," Farago said. The supernatural thriller starring a lady werewolf was also a top finalist for the Compton Crook, IPPY, and Benjamin Franklin awards in 2006.
A "werewolf expert" and wolf advocate, Farago has appeared on television, radio, and panels to discuss her research on wolf behavior, werewolf legends, and lore. Her studies included personal interaction with a gray wolf pack, observing first-hand the animals' social behavior and hunting techniques. Farago's second book in the Ivy Cole series, "Luna," will be out fall 2007. Her other works include co-authoring "Making Do: How to Cook Like a Mountain MeMa" with Lois Sutphin. Originally from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Farago now resides in Greensboro, N.C.
The New York Book Festival Awards were presented June 22 at a ceremony in Manhattan, followed by the book festival itself on June 23 in Central Park. The festival featured author readings, signings, and more. Contact www.newyorkbookfestival.com for more information.
"Ivy Cole and the Moon" is available in bookstores and wherever books are sold. You can contact the author at www.myspace.com/ginafarago or read more about her works at www.nedeopress.com.