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  News - October, 2001  

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The offices of Helen Keller Worldwide, a block away from the World Trade Center, were destroyed in the September 11 attack.  Irreplaceable archives of letters and photos of Helen Keller are gone. The library of several first editions of many of Helen Keller works were lost.  Financial donations are coming in for the programs sponsored by HKW.  And remarkably, the archive is being rebuilt slowly by those donating items from their personal libraries.  Recently, a signed first-edition copy of Midstream, The Story of My Later Life by Helen Keller was donated to the archive Andrew Hall of HKI in Bangladesh.

The Library of Virginia, the Virginia Center for the Book, and the Library of Virginia Foundation have
announced the winners of the 4th Annual Library of Virginia Awards:

Best nonfiction about Virginia or by a Virginia author: Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500-1782, by Ronald Hoffman


Fiction: The Hatbox Baby, by Carrie Brown
Poetry: Cenotaph: Poems, by Eric Pankey 

Booker T. Washington was named the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Suntrust Foundation was given the Philanthropic Award.

An awards ceremony scheduled for September 15, 2001 was cancelled following the terrorist bombings on September 11.

Southern Festival of Books in Nashville October 12-14, 2001.  Due to the September 11 attack, security has been increased, and event locations have changed for those to be held in legislature chambers.
TV Alert: Book TV (C-Span 2) will present live coverage from Nashville on Saturday, October 13 beginning at 10:00am.
Featured authors include Ken Davis whose newest book is Don't Know Much About the Universe; Patricia McKissack who has written over sixty books for children, Alice Randall, author of the controversial novel The Wind Done Gone; cartoonist and novelist Doug Marlette, author of The Bridge; southern humorist Roy Blount, Jr.; and memoirist Homer Hickam.


The Southern Book Critics Circle Awards will be presented during the SFB.
The 2001 Book Awards go to:
Nowhere Else on Earth by Josephine Humphreys (Fiction)
Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter (Non-Fiction)



  • Natural Suspect (Ballantine) is not a southern book, but worthy of note.
  • Legal thriller author William Bernhardt edited the latest collaborative novel featuring the top    names in the genre.  Among the noted authors: Lisa Scottoline, Michael Palmer, Brad Meltzer, and Leslie Glass.  Round-robin formats are fun to read as each author tries to one up the last chapter with their own bag of tricks.

    The authors are donating the book's profits to the Nature Conservancy.

    Call for Papers
    The Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference (deadline: October 15, 2001)

    New Approaches to Eudora Welty (deadline: November 15, 2001)

    Eudora Welty Around the Globe: Inner and Outer Spaces (deadline: November 15, 2001)

    Delta Blues Symposium VIII: The Sacred and the Secular (deadline: January 15, 2002)

    Southern Literary Journal (deadline: March 1, 2002)
    William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition 2002 (deadline: April 1, 2002)

    News from Past Issues
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    2000: 12 11  10  09  08