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Hyde Parker Wins Literary Award
Chicago, IL Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — She just crossed the finish line! After receiving The Excellence Award in Literature (fiction) from the African American Arts Alliance of Chicago, for her book “The Lie”, author JoAnn Fastoff believes she can finally exhale. “After several decades of writing, I was wondering when the overnight success would kick in” she says.
Fastoff won the award for writing about the conflict diamond problem in Africa. Although the novel is considered fiction, Fastoff says real issues about the illicit diamond industry do exist. She says “We Americans never realize the negative impact we can have on others in the world when we purchase items that are illegally obtained. We don’t think of the physical harm or even death that results to the poor who are exploited to bring these minerals to the surface.. I just wanted to write one person’s story that told that tale.”
THE LIE is Fastoff’s third book in the FBI Agent Howard Watson intrigue series. Her fourth book called THE SMOKE RING comes out 11/12/13 and is about the tobacco smuggling industry. It also is another Howard Watson intrigue.
Fastoff’s characters are broadly diverse and are reflections of her neighbors, family and friends in her Hyde Park community.
About JoAnn Fastoff
JoAnn graduated from Chicago’s Harlan High School, attended Wilson Junior College, Columbia College, and acquired a BA in Marketing from an on-line university in Idaho.
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