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Paul Robeson-inspired Historical Novel Wins Two Finalist Nods in National Awards
“…a book that should be read in classrooms and community book clubs,” writes ThyBlackMan.com
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, Dec. 10—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.
The WWA awards are finalized, whereas WRMA winners will be announced in February 2021.
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.”
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.
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 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….”
The novel is the chronological finale in a trilogy begun with Conhaim’s 2017 release Comanche Captive (Cengage/Five Star), featuring the African-American 10th Cavalry. 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.
Kirkus Reviews placement, November 15th, 2020