Sunday, March 28, 2021

Farm Song on the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards Shortlist for 2020

Carol Purington’s Farm Song is a finalist for the Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards. The Haiku Foundation will announce the final awards on April 17, 2021. [Update April 17, 2021- winners announced:]
“The Haiku Foundation is pleased to announce The Touchstone Distinguished Book Awards Shortlist for books of haiku and related forms published in 2020. The nominees’ work represents a rich variety of English-speaking books from many nations and haiku traditions. Our five panel members read each of the seventy-two books in the first round, and after careful deliberation chose seventeen books for the Shortlist. In the second round the panel members will review the Shortlist and determine which books will receive the highest level of recognition of Awarded and Honorable Mention.”

Read more about the 2020 Touchstone Awards and see the shortlist qualifiers on the Haiku Foundation website:

Farm Song may be purchased by contacting Carol’s sister Nancy at The price is $28.00, including USPS Media Mail shipping.

Farm Song is a 191 page hardcover book, with many color and black and white photos. From Carol’s notes on the back cover:

About This Book - This book began as a collection of haiku written since Family Farm was published in 1999. The original version included a dozen black-and-white photos taken on Woodslawn Farm by family members. But as the project loitered on my computer, it changed, almost metamorphosed. 

I encountered fabulous color photos, taken elsewhere by relatives and friends, and many were irresistible, in subject and color. The guidelines for photos broadened to include anything that might have appeared on the farm or been shared by someone connected to the farm. The organizing theme shaded from birds to family and place. The title morphed from Birdsong to Farm Song. The book became a family album of haiku illuminated by Technicolor!