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Idaho writers earn national awards

Michael Lanza

Two Idaho writers earned recognition from the 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards.

Michael Lanza, of Boise, earned an honorable mention in the Outdoor Literature category for “Before They’re Gone: Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks,” published by Beacon Press in Boston. The book chronicles Lanza’s visits with his wife and two young children to some of America’s national parks as the parks experience the effects of climate change.

Jo Deurbrouck

Jo Deurbrouck, of Idaho Falls, was a winner in the History/Biography category for “Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Friendship and Tragedy on the Last of the West’s Great Rivers,” published by Sundog Book Publishing in Idaho Falls. The book is about two men who launch a small, wooden dory on the Salmon River during flood stage in an attempt to set a 24-hour speed record.

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