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Two finalists for the Kent Haruf Memorial Scholarship Awards will be feted Sunday, May 6, at a Salida-based event for the area’s internationally-known author, the late Kent Haruf. The student finalists, Ian Stanford from Canon City High School and Jaymie Fullmer from Salida High School, will be honored at what is officially the Third Annual Kent Haruf Awards Banquet.

The writing scholarship is open to junior and senior high school students in Chaffee and Fremont counties for excellence in fiction and creative non-fiction writing.

The 6 p.m. banquet will be held at The Book Haven, 135 F St., Salida. The evening’s program will include music with David Tipton, as well as a special performance of John Samson’s portrayal of Haruf, from “harufspeak” by Carol Samson.

Haruf, who died in 2014, authored six books, most set in a fictional eastern Colorado small town called Holt. His novel Plainsong, which became a bestseller in 1999, was nominated for the National Book Award. His final novel “Our Souls at Night,” was written in the last few months of his life.

Haruf’s widow, Cathy Haruf, and Ann Marie Swan, who has conducted workshops on the author’s works, will present the $750 scholarship to one of the two honorees.

The $30 fee to attend the dinner and award presentation includes a donation to the Scholarship Fund, which supports young writers in Chaffee and Fremont counties.

Those planning to attend should RSVP for the event to, or call or text 719-207-1480.