The Official Website of The Tellings of Xunar-kun Series!

YA / Adult Science Fantasy Series by Tina Field Howe

~ Book One: Alysa of the Fields
~ Book Two:
The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun

~ Book Three, in development: The Monx of the Roaming Star

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Book Awards & Recognition

March 7, 2011 


Alysa of the Fields Audio Book has won in the Mom's Choice Awards 2011. The Mom's Choice Awards® program recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services.

March 1, 2011 


Alysa of the Fields Audio Book has won an award in the Teens (12-16) category in the Reader Views Annual Literary Awards 2010. The annual literary awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher geared for the North American reading audience published in 2010.

September 1, 2010     View photos from the Nov. 6, 2010

Alysa of the Fields Audio Book has received the 2010 Readers Favorite Gold in the Audio Book category. The awards banquet will be held in Las Vegas on Nov. 6, and I'll be there! Will follow with news and photos of the event.

The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun has won the Silver in the Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Category!

The complete list of winners is here. Click the seals to the right for more information. You can add your own comments about the audio book and Book Two at these links.

Read about it on PR Web.

September 17, 2009
The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun Places First in the Fall 2009 Written Art Awards, Science Fiction/Fantasy Category

Rebeccas Reads The Written Art Awards is a biannual literary awards program that takes place in the spring and fall of every year. The Awards were founded to pay tribute to authors who are self-published or have had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher.

Criteria for judging was content/originality, presentation/design, innovation, social relevance, production quality, enjoyment/impact, plot/story line, and  resourcefulness. Finalists in each category were determined by a point system. Final judging was determined by a jury of judges. 

The review by Danelle Drake said: “The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun: Book Two in the Tellings of Xunar-kun will have you hooked. This book will teach you lessons while you are being entertained. I have passed it on to our teen daughter and she is totally engrossed in the story.”    

January 25, 2009: Substance Books Online Publicity Award  “Given ONLY to 'Well Connected & Well Promoted' Sites. We at Substance Books invite all those with a publishing-related website to apply for our SUBSTANCE ONLINE PUBLICITY AWARD. Your site will be judged on originality, overall design and appearance, substance, ease of navigation, and interconnectedness. This is an award worth fighting for—it is not a giveaway! All sites are carefully considered before being included in the winners database.”

online book publicity award winner

January 8, 2009: Howe Receives Grant to Create Audio Book

CORNING, NEW YORK - The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes announces the recipients of the 2009 Decentralization Regrant Program which serves residents of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties. Decentralization Program funding is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.    Read the full press release

Visit The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.   



January 2009: Author Interview in 2007 Featured in WSKG’s
A 10th Year Retrospective on OFF THE PAGE

Aired January 6 at 1 & 7 p.m. Available as a podcast.

“Way back in January, 2000 we convened a panel of science fiction mavens to share their forward-looking impressions on how futuristic and imaginative writing would fare now that the 21st century had actually come into view. Whatever other observations they might have propounded that afternoon, the one certainty was that our newly-established "forum for writers from our region" would have a future of its own. The program was called OFF THE PAGE and it gave time and space for authors and ideas, and an opportunity for listeners to ask questions and add their comments.”  

November 2008: Grant Awarded to Author to Produce Audio Book in 2009

Tina will receive an Artist Crossroads award in 2009 for her project, Bring the Written Word to Life through an Audio Book. Book One, Alysa of the Fields, will come to life through the recorded voice talent of actors, and she will add sound effects and music to create an experience akin to a film without the visual aspect. In fulfillment of the grant application, copies of the CD will be donated to learning and health organizations for their libraries. Watch for audition details and other news.

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program, administered locally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.




April 19, 2008: Literary Women

One Seventy-One Cedar Arts Center, 171 Cedar St., Corning, NY 

1:00-2:00 p.m.   Free and open to the public.


This event is a component of the Big Read sponsored by the Southeast Steuben County Library through an NEA grant. Tina performed, in character, a theatrical piece based on a strong theme from Alysa and the theme of the Big Read: Tolerance. Akua Lezli Hope also performed her award-winning poetry on the same topic!



August 2007: Cover Artwork Winner - 2006 Dream Realm Awards


The 2006 Winners were announced at ArmadilloCon 29, A Literary Science Fiction Convention, August 11, 2007 in Austin, TX. Alysa of the Fields was awarded the winner in the Cover Art category!

Alysa of the  Fields, also available in e-book format in addition to soft and hardcover, is available from

July 2007: Alysa of the Fields Featured on 



(Binghamton, NY -- July 27, 2007)—WSKG Public Radio’s bi-weekly show, OFF THE PAGE, has been chosen as one of the participants in National Public Radio’s on-line feature “Summer Books 2007”. OFF THE PAGE, hosted by Bill Jaker features interviews with regional writers. Recent guests have included Rebecca Barry, author of “Later at the Bar”, David Sloan Wilson, author of “Evolution for Everyone’, and Tina Field Howe, author of a novel for young people, “Alysa of the Fields.” OFF THE PAGE is broadcast live on WSKG-FM on alternate Tuesdays at 1:00pm. The program is streamed and also available as a podcast through WSKG is archiving the audio of each Off the Page program for at least a year after broadcast, making for a rich online library of programs with regional authors for our web visitors to sample.


The National Public Radio website, will highlight three books, including excerpts read by Bill Jaker.


WSKG Public Broadcasting currently serves 21 counties in New York and Pennsylvania. An important resource, WSKG uses the power of noncommercial television, radio and the Internet to provide its audience their quality programs and educational services that inform, inspire and entertain.






Bill Jaker of WSKG Public Radio and host of
Off the Page



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