Womack earns first place honors for 'Playing the Angel' novel

Kenneth Womack has earned first place honors in the contemporary fiction category from the Texas Association of Authors for his novel "Playing the Angel," which was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in August. Womack will receive the award in October during the Texas Book Festival.

Womack is Penn State Altoona's senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, as well as the Penn State Laureate for the 2013-14 academic year. He is the author of two other novels: "John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel " (2010), which earned ForeWord Reviews’ Bronze Award for Literary Fiction, and "The Restaurant at the End of the World" (2012), which won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards for Regional Fiction.

Womack is also the author or editor of numerous works of nonfiction, including "Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles" (2007) and "The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles" (2009), which was named as The Independent’s Music Book of the Year.