Silas House 

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Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of the novels Clay's Quilt (2001), A Parchment of Leaves (2003), and The Coal Tattoo (2004), a nonfiction book, Something's Rising (2009, co-author), as well as the play The Hurting Part (2008). House has won such awards as the Appalachian Writer of the Year, Appalachian Book of the Year, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, among others, and is a two recipient of the Kentucky Novel of the Year and a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize. In 2008 he was awarded the Helen Lewis Award for Community Service in recognition of his work in the fight against mountaintop removal. House serves on the fiction faculty at Spalding University's MFA in Creative Writing program and is the writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University. His fifth novel, Eli the Good, will be published in Fall 2009. House lives in Eastern Kentucky with his two daughters
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