Yakima Writer Wins National Book Award

<p>Spencer Hatton and wife, Leslie</p>

Spencer Hatton and wife, Leslie

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards, now in its seventh year, has selected “Counting Crows: Stories of Love, Laughter and Loss” as a finalist in its 2013 contest.

It was only one of two finalists in the non-fiction category.

The independently published book by author Spencer Hatton is a collection of columns and other writings, who was formerly editor of the Yakima Herald.

Experts from independent book industry — publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters — judge the competition and award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing.

Proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Bronwen Hatton Scholarship Fund at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

The scholarship is named in honor of Spencer’s late wife, Bronwen, who received a degree in special education from CWU.

The endowed fund provides scholarships to future special education teachers.

For more information and a complete list of the winners and finalists visit www.indieexcellence.com

Counting Crows” was also the best-selling book at Inklings Bookshop in Yakima.

The Washington Press Association also selected two of the columns from the book to receive first and second place awards in its annual communications contest.


ABOUT THE BOOK: Full of stories about the journey of life and love, Hatton describes the hilarious circumstances during his marriage ceremony, the painful steps following the death of his wife, and two years later, the tragic death of his 18-year-old son, Jed.