The CNY Book Awards presented Ruth J. Colvin, founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, with two distinctions at their awards event on Thursday, November 29. Colvin’s book, Off the Beaten Path: Stories of People Around the World, took home prizes in both the non-fiction and “people’s choice” categories.
The CNY Book Awards annually recognizes the best works in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by local authors in the Central New York area. The event was judged by an independent panel of writers from across the country and hosted at the residence of Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor.
Colvin’s book details encounters from her travels as she taught basic literacy skills to people around the world. She shares her connections with individuals of varying cultures and backgrounds and draws similarities between their experiences.
Colvin lives in Syracuse, New York and is the recipient of nine honorary doctorates. In 1987 she was awarded the highest honor for volunteerism in the United States, the President’s Volunteer Action Award. She was also inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1991 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006.