Hats Off! to Ross Howell, Jr., Miriam Herin, and Sheila Turnage who were nominated for the 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. Ross' novel is Forsaken (NewSouth Books); Miriam is the author of A Stone for Bread (Livingston Press); and Sheila wrote The Odds of Getting Even (Kathy Dawson). This award, handed out since 1953, recognizes the most significant work of original fiction writing published over the course of the last year by a North Carolina author. It is sponsored by the Historical Book Club of North Carolina.