Sir V. S. Naipaul is the 2001
recipient of the
Prize in Literature. In the presentation it was said that Naipaul
received the honor "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible
scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed
A citizen of
Great Britain, Naipaul once wrote about the American South in his book,
A Turn in the South. In a review of the book, Ingram credited
Naipaul with bringing "his unique intellect and insight to bear on the
complex, often hidden life and culture of the South."
- Marie Rudisill is the 2001 recipient of the
Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award. Rudisill is Truman Capote's
aunt and the author of
Fruitcake: Memories of Truman Capote and Sook (Hill Street Press,
- John Marshall and the Heroic Age of
the Supreme Court (LSU Press, November 2001), by
University of Connecticut School of Law professor R. Kent Newmyer, is the
winner of the 2001 Jules and Frances Landry Award, given annually to the best
new book in southern studies published by Louisiana State University Press.
More than the summation of John Marshall's
legal and institutional accomplishments, Newmyer's study captures the nuanced
texture of the justice's reasoning, the complexity of his mature jurisprudence,
and the affinities and tensions between his system of law and the transformative
age in which he lived.
Marian Coe and
on their Clara Awards. Marian's
Eve's Mountain was awarded first place in published contemporary
suspense. Everett's Southern Winds was awarded second place in published
To be eligible, the book must have been
first published in calendar year 2001. The Book of the Year Award will
be presented in July 2002 at the Appalachian Writers Association Conference.
- Nominees for the 2002 Appalachian Book
of the Year Award are:
- Patrick Bone, A Melungeon Winter,
The Overmountain Press, March 2001
- Silas D. House, Clay's Quilt,
Algonquin Books, March 2001
- Doug McGuinn, The Apple Indians: A
Novel, Parkway Publishers, April 2001
- Robert Morgan, This Rock, Algonquin
Books, September 2001
- James Still (edited by Ted Olson), From
the Mountain, From the Valley: New and Collected Poems, University Press
of Kentucky, June 2001
Books to Film Watch.
Here's a preview of what is coming to from
Hollywood in 2002.
A Walk to Remember, based on the novel
by Nicholas Sparks, will be in theaters January 25th, 2002. The small town
romantic story set in 1950's North Carolina features Mandy Moore and Shane West
in the lead roles. Karen Janszen wrote the screenplay.
Sweet Home Alabama, a romantic comedy
that in many ways is an updated Breakfast at Tiffany's, is finishing up
shooting in New York. The 2002 release features Reese Witherspoon, Patrick
Dempsey, Candice Bergen, Mary Kay Place, and Jean Smart. Screenwriters
include Douglas Eboch, C. Jay Cox, and Andy Tennant.
Cold Mountain, based on the novel by
Charles Frazier, is set for release in Fall 2002. The historical romance
takes place in North Carolina during the final days of the Civil War. Tom
Cruise has signed and Renee Zellweger is in talks for the lead roles. Anthony Minghella (The Talented Mr. Ripley) wrote the screenplay.
Production is scheduled to begin in February 2002.
Skipping Christmas, based on the current
novel by John Grisham, is set for a Holiday 2002 release. The independent
film is being produced by John Grisham and Hugh Wilson. Grisham wrote the
screenplay. Cast has not been announced.
Alabama novelist Tom Franklin (Poachers:
Stories) has been named the John and Renee Grisham Southern Writer in
Residence at the University of Mississippi for 2001-2002. Franklin is
teaching a graduate level fiction writing workshop. His next book is
Hell at the Breech, a historical novel based on a brutal series of events in
- Call for Papers
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)
Writers Association Call for Papers (deadline: February 15, 2002)
Literary Journal (deadline: March 1, 2002)
Legacy Award 2002 (deadline: December 31, 2001)
South Carolina Fiction
Project 2002 (deadline: January 15, 2002)
William Faulkner Creative
Writing Competition 2002 (deadline: April 1, 2002)
Writers Association Contests for 2002 (deadline: June 1, 2002)
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