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WKU Libraries professor’s book ‘Tibetan Folktales’ receives storytelling award

Haiwang Yuan

Haiwang Yuan

WKU Libraries Professor Haiwang Yuan’s book Tibetan Folktales was recently recognized by Five Libraries Unlimited, an affiliate of ABC-CLIO, as a top pick for their Storytelling World Awards.  Tibetan Folktales, written by Yuan, Awang Kunga and Bo Li, received an Honorable Mention in the Special Storytelling Resources category.

Yuan- officialFor more than 20 years, the Storytelling World Awards Program has a panel of judges who evaluate new books in the field and identify outstanding works to help storytellers connect with the resources that will be most impactful for their practice.

Tibetan Folktales contains more than 30 traditional Tibetan stories that give readers a taste of the land, people, culture, history, religion and psyche of this remote country. The tales are gathered from contemporary Tibetan storytellers and translated from written sources that represent a rich oral and written literary tradition.

“I feel honored to get this recognition on a national level, and I believe my co-authors will feel the same way,” Yuan said. “I surely hope that this award will help my book reach a wider audience so that more people will be able to learn about a great people like the Tibetans and their wonderful culture and folklore.”

Yuan has been a member of WKU’s Department of Library Public Services for 19 years. He has edited, authored and contributed to several books and dozens of articles. Visit http://people.wku.edu/haiwang.yuan/ to learn more about his works.

Contact: Jennifer Wilson, (270) 745-6977

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