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ACU Press director wins national Christian literature award

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July 15, 2005

Thom Lemmons, director of ACU Press, won the 2005 Christy Award for his book, "King’s Ransom." The novel won in the category of historical fiction.

"King’s Ransom" is based on a true story and follows Tsar Boris III, King of Bulgaria, who is credited with saving the lives of 50,000 Jews during World War II. The novel focuses on the relationship between a Daria, the Jewish attendant to the Bulgarian royal family, and Dobri, a sergeant in the king’s guard. Jan Beazely of Portland Oregon, co-authored the novel, which was released in September of 2004.

“Jan did the research and provided the contacts, and I did the writing,” said Lemmons. “It was a good division of labor.”

This honor was the first nationally-recognized award Lemmons received from the religious publishing industry.

“I couldn’t quite believe they’d called my name at first, but it’s gradually sinking in,” said Lemmons.

The award was named in honor of Catherine Marshall’s novel, "Christy," which has more than 10 million copies in print. The Christy Awards recognize novelists and novels of excellence in six genres of Christian fiction. The award is presented each year in conjunction with the Christian Booksellers Association International Expo.

The 6th annual Christy Award winners were announced in Denver, July 9, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Jerry Jenkins, author of the best-selling Left Behind series, emceed the event and Andy Crouch, author and editorial director for the Christian Vision Project and columnist at Christianity Today, gave the keynote address.

This was the first nomination for Lemmons who has also written "Sunday Clothes" and the best-selling "Jabez: A Novel."

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