Belmont Book Award Winner Announced

From: AristoMedia
Published: Wed May 02 2007

Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Country Music in America, edited by Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash and published by DK Publishing has been announced as the winner of the Belmont Book Award. The award given annually by Belmont honors the writer and the editor of the Best Book on Country Music. The presentation will occur on Friday, May 25th at a special awards luncheon held during the International Country Music Conference held at Belmont University May 24-26, 2007.

The book Will the Circle Be Unbroken is a project of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Foundation, whose photos were used extensively in this comprehensive history of country music.

Founder and Chair of the Belmont Book Award, Don Cusic, states "This book joins a line of distinguished books about country music since we inaugurated this award in 1996. Will the Circle Be Unbroken represents the best of scholarly research in country music and the editors, Paul Kingsbury and Alanna Nash, are outstanding authors of previous books. In fact, Alanna Nash's biography of Colonel Tom Parker and the Country Music Encyclopedia edited by Paul Kingsbury were previous winners of this honor."

The award is determined by a blue ribbon panel of experts. Books published in the previous calendar year are eligible and a wide variety of books on country music are considered, from scholarly studies of various aspects of country music to biographies and autobiographies.


The 24th Annual International Country Music Conference will take place place May 24th - May 26th at Belmont University. The registration for conference is $90. Price includes breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday. Registration deadline is May 15th. Please send registration information to James E. Akenson, Box 5042, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN 38505 or email him at
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