The 2008 winners of the Christy Awards, honoring excellence in faith-based fiction, were announced this week. Charles Martin’s Chasing Fireflies, “a haunting story about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death”, was chosen in the contemporary (stand alone) category. Bestselling author Jan Karon was recognized in the contemporary (series, sequels, and novellas) group. Her book Home to Holly Springs is the first of a new series with beloved character Father Tim. In romance, Remembered by Tamera Alexander was honored for the story of a young woman who finds love while searching for her estranged father. Lynn Austin’s A Proper Pursuit, which takes place in Chicago during the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, was selected as best historical. The awards are named in tribute to author Catherine Marshall’s cherished novel Christy and have been celebrating the brightest in Christian fiction since 2000.