In the Company of Angels Named Best LDS Novel of the Year

PROVO, Utah – In the Company of Angels by David Farland was named Novel of the Year at the third annual Whitney Award gala on April 24 at the Provo Marriott. Earlier that night, Farland (also known as Dave Wolverton) received an outstanding achievement award. The Whitney Academy also presented a Lifetime Achievement award to Gerald Lund for his tremendous contribution to LDS literature.

The Committee announced that three-year president Robison Wells would be stepping down. Josi Kilpack, a two-time Whitney Awards finalist and 2007 winner, will be the new president of the organization.

The Whitney Academy is in its third year under the direction of founder and president Robison Wells. Comprised of authors, editors, reviewers, publishers, bookstore personnel and others in the field, the Whitney Awards honor excellence in fiction by LDS authors. Nominees included both debut authors and the prolific, both LDS market and national.

The winners were:

Liz Adair, Best Romance, for Counting the Cost.

Stephanie Black, Best Mystery/Suspense, for Methods of Madness. Stephanie also won in this category last year for Fool Me Twice.

Carol Lynch Williams, Best Youth Fiction, for The Chosen One.

John Brown, Best Speculative, for Servant of a Dark God.

G.G. Vandagriff, Best Historical, for The Last Waltz.

Jamie Ford, Best General Fiction, for Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

In a first-time-ever tie, Best Novel by a New Author was awarded to Gravity vs The Girl, by Riley Noehren, and I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells.

Named for early LDS apostle Orson F. Whitney who predicted in the 19th Century that the LDS Church would yet “have Shakespeares and Miltons of our own,” the Whitney Awards have evolved into a three-fold mission: to honor outstanding work by LDS authors, to show that works published within the LDS community are often as good or better than those found in the national market, and to promote excellence among writers who have not yet been published.