Janee Pennington. Photo courtesy of Janee Pennington
Janee Pennington. Photo courtesy of Janee Pennington
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Queen Anne author Janee Pennington is one of five finalists for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s (PNWA) 2014 Nancy Pearl Book Award. Her book “Meeting Eve” is up for the “Best Book: Fiction – Self-Published” category.

A meeting and event planner, Pennington hadn’t yet been diagnosed with her first bout of cancer when she realized she wanted to put some of her experiences into a book, according to Pennington’s website (janeepennington.com). She battled her second bout of cancer before the book was ultimately published.

The main character in her novel is also an international event planner.

Winners will be announced at the PNWA summer conference, which will take place in mid-July. Each winner will receive $1,000 in cash prizes and one month of promotional advertising.

The Nancy Pearl Book Award is a new literacy contest that recognizes recently published works by PNWA members. Nancy Pearl, former executive director of the Washington Center for the Book, won the Women’s National Book Association Award in 2004 for her contribution to the world of books.