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Paul Robeson-inspired Novel Wins Will Rogers Medallion Award
“. . . a book that should be read in classrooms and community book clubs,” writes ThyBlackMan.com.
FORT WORTH, TX, FEB. 6th—David Laszlo Conhaim’s Paul Robeson-inspired western novel ALL MAN’S LAND has won bronze “Maverick” in the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Awards.
“Western Mavericks is our newest category,” reads the program from the 17th annual event. “It was added for one-of-a-kind books that for one reason or another stand nobly apart—just as Will himself did.” Named for the famed humorist, performer, and columnist who is honored with a bronze statue in the U.S. Capitol, the Will Rogers Medallion is awarded not only for the quality of the fiction, but for a book’s “strong content, excellent production values, and enduring interest.” In presenting the award, host and WRMA founder Charles Williams said, “David accomplished this task with style, suspense, and a unique plot.”
Paul Robeson, whose life and legacy Conhaim reimagines and transfers to the Old West in All Man’s Land, was an African-American star of stage and screen, a singer, athlete, and a global champion of social and racial justice.
“Set in turn-of-the-century Wyoming,” writes black cowboy expert Prof. Michael Searles in Roundup Magazine, “All Man’s Land personifies [Paul] Robeson in the character of Benjamin Neill, Civil War hero, a learned man, a masterful singer, a political progressive, a man of the people and a prophet . . .”
In 2020, the novel placed Finalist Best Traditional Western Novel in the Western Writers of America’s annual Spur Awards: “We are honored to add [Conhaim] to this list of the most distinguished Western authors in America”—a list that includes Larry McMurtry and Tony Hillerman.
In 2005, Conhaim—a Minnesota native—moved to Israel, where he operates a communications consultancy providing English-language services and training to both business and government. He has also worked as a corporate spokesperson and emceed events for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and Israel-Africa Chamber of Commerce.
Kirkus Reviews placement, September 1st, 2021