Book Award

About the award

The North Caroliniana Society established the North Caroliniana Book Award in 2003 to recognize annually “the book that captures the essence of North Carolina by contributing powerfully to an understanding of the state.” Authors are eligible regardless of residency. However, neither authors nor publishers submit books; instead, a committee privately surveys all books published during the year and chooses the volume that it believes “makes a positive contribution and appears to have the best chance of standing the test of time as a classic volume of North Caroliniana.”

The winner is invited to accept the award (an engraved silver cup) during the following year’s annual meeting of the Society, and his or her name is engraved on a sterling silver bowl exhibited with other statewide literary awards in the Archives Building in Raleigh.



About the Author: Howard E. Covington, Jr.

Mr. Covington, Jr. is native of Concord, N.C., and a 1965 graduate of the University of Florida. He was a University Fellow of the American Political Science Association at the University of Michigan in 1973. He lives in Greensboro, N.C., where he writes history and biography.

An early newspaper career as reporter and editor began in Florida and included more than a dozen years at North Carolina’s Charlotte Observer where he created and co-wrote a series of articles on occupational health that in 1981 won, among other national awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service.

Over the last forty years, he has written more than twenty-five works of history and biography. Among his subjects is former Governor and U.S. Senator Terry Sanford, a title published by Duke University Press in 1999. He is the co- author of The Story of NationsBank: Changing the Face of American Banking, which was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1993.

Favored by Fortune is a four-generation biography of the Hill family of Durham, N.C. It was published in 2004 by the UNC-Chapel Hill Library, and that same year received the Old North State Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association for best nonfiction work by a North Carolina author.

His book about the private preservation of Biltmore Estate, Lady On The Hill, was published by John F. Wiley & Sons in 2006. It is now in its third printing. A twentieth-century history of Greensboro by Howard Covington, Once Upon A City, was published in 2008 by the Greensboro Historical Museum. In 2010, the UNC-Chapel Hill Library published The Good Government Man, a biography of Albert Coates, the founder of the Institute of Government at Chapel Hill. That was followed in 2018 with Fire and Stone, a biography of UNC presidents E.K. Graham and Harry Chase, who were responsible for the emergence of the University as a major academic institution in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

He is also the author of a 2013 biography of Henry Frye, the first African American Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, and of a history of Linville Resorts in the mountains of North Carolina, published on the occasion of its 125th anniversary in 1992.