Norristown, PA: East coast native Stephanie Yuhas is one of five finalists for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s (PNWA) 2015 Nancy Pearl Book Award. Her book American Goulash, published by Seattle company Booktrope, is up for the Best Memoir.
American Goulash is a story about a nerd girl jousting with her Transylvanian family on the battlefields of suburban New Jersey for a chance to chase her American dream of becoming an artist. Whether casting off old-world wives’ tales or turning to art to cope with her immigrant family’s general zaniness, Stephanie valiantly finds her own way through adolescence in this heartwarming, hilarious soon-to-be classic.
“Talk about growing up in a pressure cooker! A poignant recipe for laughter and tears,” says Gene (E.C.) Ayres, Seattle resident and writer for The Smurfs and Dennis the Menace.
Yuhas is a writer, producer, and professional goofball, with a BFA in animation from The University of the Arts. She lives near Philadelphia, where she and partner, Matt Conant, run Cinevore Studios, a production company that specializes in smart comedy.
Yuhas also is an active member of the arts community. In addition to her involvement with Norristown Arts Hill and several Pennsylvania non-profits, she co-foundered Project Twenty1, a non-profit organization that runs an international 21-Day Filmmaking Competition and Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival.
PNWA’s Nancy Pearl Book Award is a literary contest designed to recognize recently published works. Winners will be announced at the PNWA summer conference, which will take place July 16-19. Each winner will receive $1,000 in cash prizes and one month of promotional advertising on PNWA and Author magazine.