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D. László Conhaim is passionate about discovering stories and people somehow lost to history—and to inspire or renew public interest in them. His socially conscious, exhaustively researched novels in recent years have focused on the multiracial struggle for the American West, emphasizing issues of family, identity, and belonging. Conhaim’s Paul Robeson-inspired Western All Man’s Land (Broken Arrow Press, 2019) was selected Finalist Best Novel in the Western Writers of America Spur Awards, and was a “Maverick” winner in the Will Rogers Medallion Awards. His new novel The Unredeemed (a sequel to 2017’s Comanche Captive) has placed Finalist Best Novel in both the 2022 Will Rogers Medallion Awards and in the Western Fictioneers’ Peacemaker Awards. The Unredeemed chronicles the Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877 and demonstrates how black Indian captives mattered less—if at all—to authorities. Conhaim’s first professional writing credit was a two-part 1986 interview in Los Angeles and Tokyo with Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune (for Minneapolis’ City Pages), followed by an interview with frequent costar Tatsuya Nakadai for USC’s Daily Trojan. In 1995, Conhaim co-founded The Prague Revue, the longest-running literary journal to serve the community of international writers in Prague. For TPR, he wrote a fictional remembrance of Miguel de Unamuno, “Feeling into Don Miguel,” which Gore Vidal “read with delight” and which Alexander Zaitchik (Rolling Stone, The Nation) called “masterful . . . a first-rate piece of writing by any standard” in Think Magazine. In June 2020, Broken Arrow Press released new ebook and paperback editions of Comanche Captive (recommended by Library Journal). In April 2023, Broken Arrow Press will break ground on ancient Rome with Conhaim’s novelization of Memoirs of Spurius, a true story seemingly never before told in fiction--the Bacchic Conspiracy of 186 BCE. Conhaim was born in the United States and lives in Israel.