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Professor Giuffre's Novel Garners Awards, Recognition

Colorado College Professor of Sociology Kathy Giuffre has had a slew of accolades piled on her debut novel, "The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato."

The first award the novel picked up was a SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Okra Award for Best Books of Summer 2015.The award encompasses "a bushel of books that represent the best in Southern lit, fresh off the vine. All the picks have a strong Southern focus and are published between July and September," notes the association. Giuffre's book was published by John F. Blair Publishers in September 2015.

It went on to make the long list for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for literary fiction, an award that pays tribute to one of the South's most beloved authors, and also was a finalist for the IndieFab Book of the Year. Most recently, "The Drunken Spelunker's Guide to Plato" was one of nine books, culled from a field of 47, to make the long list for the Crook's Corner book prize. The winner of the prize, to be announced in January, receives $5,000 and a free glass of wine a day for a year at the iconic Southern restaurant, Crook's Corner Bar & Café, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

"I'm over the moon to have made the Crook's Corner long list," says Giuffre, who went to graduate school in Chapel Hill and says Crook's Corner is one of her favorite restaurants anywhere. "I only wish they had a reciprocal relationship with a restaurant here in Colorado Springs so I might get that glass of wine every day!"

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