Dee novelist wins PNBA award

Dee author Craig Danner was a winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award for his first novel, "Himalayan Dhaba."

The awards, given annually by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA), were announced earlier this month. Danner will be honored along with four other regional authors at the 36th PNBA Awards banquet in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in March.

One of the other four winners was Virginia Euwer Wolff, who grew up in the Hood River Valley. She won the award for her latest book, "True Believer," for which she also won the 2001 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

"Himalayan Dhaba," which Danner self-published, is based on a stint he and his physician wife, Beth Epstein, spent in India working at a clinic in a remote Himalayan village.

The novel, written in a lyrical style that has won critical acclaim, is the story of a widowed American doctor searching for closure in India after her husband's death.

Danner recently sold the rights for the second printing of the book to Penguin Putnam after a heated bidding war. It will be reprinted in hardback in June, followed by a soft cover edition next year.

Nineteen overseas publishers also are considering buying translation rights -- including in Holland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland and Israel.

Danner is at work on a second novel.

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