Xylotheque: Essays by Yelizaveta P. Renfro won the 2013–2014 Sarton Memoir Award. The Sarton Memoir Award is sponsored by the Story Circle Network (SCN), an international nonprofit association of women writers.
In Xylotheque, trees are guiding symbols for Renfro in her life and work. Combining memoir and nature writing, the book comprises nine essays representing different seasons and slices of time, not unlike the rings of a tree. No two rings are alike, but each accretes to the next, creating, section by section, a life. Renfro is also the author of the award-winning book of linked short stories A Catalogue of Everything in the World.
Presented annually to the best woman’s memoir published in the United States and Canada, the Sarton Memoir Award is judged in two rounds. Entries are first evaluated by a panel of SCN members. Professional librarians then select the finalists and winner.