The Advance Man is one of 4 Finalists for Arts Writing Prize.

The Advance Man: A Journey into the World of the CircusI reviewed Jamie MacVicar’s book The Advance Man,last May (read my review here), and now I’m happy to say that Jamie’s book has become a finalist for the prestigious Marfield Prize. This $10,000 prize—(also known as The National Award for Arts Writing) is one of the largest given to a single author.  It is awarded annually to a work of nonfiction about the arts that is written in a manner that opens up the art to new audiences.

Jamie is up against some stiff competition, including a book about Charlie Chan, a book about Grant Wood, and a history of the Riot Grrls.  [See the list of books below]
It’s an honor to make it to the finalist stage– over 100 books are nominated, and they get whittled down to just four.

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The winning book will be announced on April 16, 2011 at the Washington Arts Club’s annual Monroe Dinner.
The winning author will be invited to Washington in May to conduct an outreach program at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, a free public reading on May 11 at 7:00 pm at the Arts Club, and attend the award dinner at the Club on May 12. All public events will take place at the Arts Club at 2017 I Street, NW, in the historic James Monroe House.

Listen to Jamie talk about his book on BookCast (podcast)

Find out more about the Arts Club of Washington.

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