Pequot Lakes author Candace Simar was recognized as a Laura Literary Award finalist for her short fiction titled “Taking the Bull by the Horns.”

The Laura Literary Award, named in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is sponsored by Women Writing the West, an organization that supports authors and other professionals in promoting the contributions women made to the history, culture and growth of the American West. Membership is open to all interested people worldwide.

Simar’s story was recently recognized at the 25th annual virtual convention.

One of the literary judges commented on Simar’s story by stating: "Ada is fully alive in these pages, a fallible, peevish, middle-aged woman who is 'too old to learn something new' but whose open heart and compassion are visible in all the contours of her story. I believe in her, never more than when circumstances challenge her family, and she discovers the courage to chart a new path for herself."

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Simar is an award-winning author of eight books, including the “Abercrombie Trail Series," “Shelterbelts,” “Dear Homefolks” and her most recent book, “Escape to Fort Abercrombie.”

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