TULSA, OK -- Christopher Paul Curtis is the winner of the Tulsa Library Trust's 2009 Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature.
The library made the announcement Wednesday.
Curtis will accept his award at a public presentation at the Tulsa Central Library at Fourth Street and Denver Avenue on Aug. 28, 2009.
Raised in Flint, Curtis worked for 13 years as an automobile assembly line worker. His wife, Kaysandra, encouraged him to return to college and pursue his desire to write. He has written six novels including "Bucking the Sarge," "Mr. Chickee's Funny Money," "Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission" and the 2008 Newbery Honor book "Elijah of Buxton."
The Anne V. Zarrow Award for Young Readers' Literature gives formal recognition, on behalf of the Tulsa County community, to a nationally acclaimed author who has made a significant contribution to the field of literature and young adults.