Hats Off! to Leah Hampton and Dale Neal who are among the finalists for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Leah's collection is F*ckface and Other Stories. Dale's novel is Appalachian Book of the Dead. The Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) sponsors this award for published works of fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry by natives or residents of western or for work focusing on or set in western NC. The $2,500 prize will be announced December 16.