"Prize for the Fire: A Novel"
"With poise and restraint, Rilla Askew's historical novel 'Prize for the Fire' tells the brilliant, multifaceted story of an intelligent, virtuous, and indomitable woman." -- Foreword Reviews
We're pleased to welcome Rilla Askew back to ST. She's a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer based here in Oklahoma. ("Fire in Beulah," her novel of the Tulsa Race Massacre, received the American Book Award, and her Dust Bowl novel, "Harpsong," won the Oklahoma Book Award.) An Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, Askew joins us to talk about her latest book, which is a compelling historical novel about a woman from the pages of English history who was put to death during the pivotal, violent, final years of Henry VIII's reign. That woman, who shares the same last name as our guest today, was one Anne Askew -- a heroine of fierce independence, Reformist faith, enlightened social consciousness, and a brilliant and quite writerly command of plainspoken Biblical Scripture.