Monday, December 04, 2006 News Author makes snowy trek for Helmerich award News | Author makes snowy trek for Helmerich award : "Much of Mark Helprin's life has been out of the ordinary, and traveling to Tulsa was no exception for the winner of the 2006 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author award.

Stranded by flight delays this week, the Virginia resident rented a vehicle in Dallas and braved Oklahoma's icy roads to accept the award at a black-tie dinner Friday night.

'I don't consider what happened to me in the last few days an adventure,' said Helprin, who wore snow boots on Saturday at a book signing and talk at Tulsa Central Library.

Compared to his other journeys -- breaking the sound barrier in an Israeli jet and writing everything from speeches for Bob Dole to expansive novels -- the drive up the highways to Tulsa probably wasn't that exciting.

But his fans were excited to see him..."

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