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U.S.-ISRAELI AUTHOR WRITES ACCLAIMED WESTERN NOVEL INSPIRED BY SINGER AND ACTIVIST PAUL ROBESON
“…a book that should be read in classrooms and community book clubs,” writes ThyBlackMan.com
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Nov. 21—David Laszlo Conhaim’s Paul Robeson-inspired western novel ALL MAN’S LAND has placed Finalist Best Novel in the 2020 Western Writers of America Spur Awards and “Maverick” Finalist in the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Awards.
Paul Robeson, whose life and legacy Conhaim reimagines and transfers to the Old West, was an African-American star of stage and screen, a singer, athlete, and a global champion of social and racial justice.
Writes the Western Writers of America Association, “We are honored to add [Conhaim] to this list of the most distinguished Western authors in America”—a list that includes Larry McMurtry, Tony Hillerman, and Elmer Kelton—while the Will Rogers Medallion Awards dubs the indie-published ALL MAN’S LAND a work of “strong content, excellent production values, and enduring interest.”
ALL MAN’S LAND is the chronological finale in a trilogy begun with Conhaim’s 2017 release Comanche Captive, originally published by Cengage’s Five Star imprint, and now in paperback and ebook from Conhaim’s own Broken Arrow Press. A direct sequel to Comanche Captive will publish in 2021.
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. In January 2019, Conhaim introduced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel-Africa silver jubilee gala held in Herzliya, Israel. “Regardless of my personal politics,” he says, “this was a proud moment for the immigrant in me.”
ALL MAN’S LAND tells the story of an ex-slave who seeks justice from the lawman who once owned him. “Set in turn-of-the-century Wyoming,” writes 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…”
Due to Covid 19, the WWA Spur Awards event to be held in Rapid City, SD, was cancelled. The WRMA’s awards ceremony, where the winners will be announced, has been rescheduled for February 2021 in Fort Worth, TX.
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Kirkus Reviews placement, November 15th, 2020