Sanora Babb was honored last weekend at the 2022 Oklahoma Center for the Book Awards. Several Babb Family Association Board members were in attendance to help mark this auspicious occasion. While we were there we started planning for a big reunion in 2024, but more about that later.
The highlight of the evening was Sanora’s award, which we were fortunate enough to capture via a Mobile Phone. I present it to you here unedited so you can see it for yourself.
For those that aren’t familiar with Sanora, she had written a book about the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma and the migration west as they struggled to survive. Sadly, John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” was published a month before hers was scheduled to be released. With its enormous success, her book would not be released until 2004, the year before she died.
In a bizarre twist, the name of the shelved book is “Whose names are unknown” and Sanora herself lacks the notoriety that was heaped upon John Steinbeck.
To be honest, I don’t really know that much about Sanora and her life. Which is why I was so excited to pick up a book at the Award Ceremony titled “unknown no more” edited by Joanne Dearcopp & Christine Hill Smith.
Here is a picture of us posing with the books we purchased.