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Southern authors were well represented among the 24 winners of the 2000 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.  Southern voices, included:

Click here for the text of President Clinton's remarks on awarding The National Medal of Arts and The National Humanities Medal (December 20, 2000).

The Southeast Booksellers Association Book Award nominees for 2001 are:

For Fiction:

Jim the Boy
by Tony Earley
Little Brown & Co.
So Far Back
by Pam Durban
Picador USA
Nowhere Else on Earth
by Josephine Humphreys
Viking Penguin

For Non-Fiction:

Heaven Is a Beautiful Place
by Genevieve Peterkin
University of South Carolina Press
Somebody Told Me
by Rick Bragg
University of Alabama Press


Kick Ass
by Carl Hiaason
University Press of Florida


Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter
by Barbara Robinette Moss


For Poetry:

by Susan Mitchell
Zine Fingers
by Peter Meinke
University of Pittsburgh Press

For Children:

Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press
The Magic Nesting Doll
by Jacqueline Ogburn
Dial Books for Young Readers

BelleBooks is starting the New Year off right with an Ingram distribution deal, national chain orders, and a mass market subrights sale to Berkley for the nostalgic southern collection, Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, (trade, $14.95, ISBN 0-9673035-0-8.) What's next? Mossy Creek, the first in a series of collective novels featuring NYT bestseller Deborah Smith, (A Place to Call Home, Bantam Books,) Sandra Chastain (The Outlaw Bride, Bantam Books,) Virginia Ellis (The Wedding Dress, Ballantine Books,) Debra Dixon, and Donna Ball. 

Ellis has just optioned The Wedding Dress film rights to Dolly Parton and Columbia Tri-Star Pictures. According to agents, Parton expects to star in as well as write songs for the movie version of Ellis's lyrical Civil War novel, which is already being compared to Charles Frazier's bestseller Cold Mountain. Ballantine will publish the book in hardcover in late 2001. 

Nationally award-winning author Martha Shields (Husband Found, Silhouette Romance, Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers Choice winner) has joined BelleBooks as a new director and stockholder. "Martha Shields is a highly credentialed graphics and communications expert," says BelleBooks President Debra Dixon. Shields is manager of marketing for the continuing education division at the University of Memphis, (Tennessee.) She will take over marketing responsibilities from partner Deborah Smith, and Smith will assume the editorial director's role.

Smith has just completed negotiations on another seven-figure contract with Little, Brown & Company, who have already acquired Smith's next two hardcover novels, On Bear Mountain, (February 2001,) and The Stone Flower Garden (Winter 2002.) In addition, Smith is writing an e-book exclusively for Little, Brown's sister company, Warner Books. The e-book, Alice at Heart, will be published on-line this winter.

Did Lee Lose the War?  The Generalship of Robert E. Lee: A Debate

The Georgia Historical Society will host a debate between authors Gary W. Gallagher and Alan T. Nolan on Friday, January 19, 2001 at 8 p.m. at the Marietta Conference Center & Resort, 500 Powder Springs Street in Marietta, Georgia.  Gary W. Gallagher is the author of Lee and His Generals in War and Memory and  The Confederate War.  Alan T. Nolan is the author of Lee Considered:  General Robert E. Lee and Civil War History.  The debate is free and open to the public, followed by book signings with both authors.

Call for Papers

Louisiana Folklife Journal (deadline: Jan. 15, 2001)
Souths, Global and Local: An Interdisciplinary Conference ( deadline: Feb. 1, 2001)


Southern Playwrights Competition (deadline: February 15, 2001)
O, Georgia! and O' Georgia Too! Writing Competitions (deadline: March 15, 2001)
Tennessee Mountain Writers Writing Contest (deadline: March 11, 2001)
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction (deadline: May 31, 2001)

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