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Frazier Book Deal

Highly unusually for a literary author with only one previous book, Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier has signed an $8 million advance with Random House Trade Group for his next novel, which was presented as a one-page outline.  The deal came out of a single-bid auction to publishers. 

Producer Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures have paid $3 million for the film rights to Cold Mountain, which is in pre-production with a Fall 2003 release date.  Tom Cruise was in talks earlier this year, but has dropped out of the project; and now Jude Law is in talks for the role of Inman.  Nicole Kidman is in talks for the role of Ada, and Renee Zellweger is in talks for the role of Ruby Thewes. 

BelleBooks Makes Mossy Creek Deal

BelleBooks, a small Southern press owned by six veteran women authors, has sold mass market rights to the first three titles in its Mossy Creek series to Susan Allison at Berkley Books in a six-figure deal.  The books, which feature heartwarming stories about the people and events of a Mayberry-like town in the mountains of northern Georgia, are collaborative novels penned by a team of up  to fifteen authors including the publishing company's six owners/partners.

Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes, was sold to Allison at Berkley Books last year and the mass market edition was published in February.

Bellebooks plans to continue selling the original trade editions.  Book two in the series, Reunion at Mossy Creek, will be published by Bellebooks in  June 2002.

Lonzie's Fried Chicken

Lonzie's Fried Chicken, a North Carolina literary journal, has discontinued production after three and a half years.  Betsy Goree is now promoting regional writers through her store The Book Shelf in Tryon, NC. 

The Cat's Meow

Jazz Cats by David Davis has been selected for the Children's Book Council's Children's Choice 2002 program.  As part of the program, the book will be featured at International Reading Association events and sent to schools around the nation. 

Georgia Author of the Year Awards

The Georgia Writers Association presented the Georgia Author of the Year Awards on March 16, 2000 at Mercer University in Macon.  The awards went to:

First Novel: A False Sense of Well Being, by Jeanne Braselton

Fiction: I Wish I Had a Red Dress, by Pearl Cleage

Essay: Useful Knowledge: The Victorians, Morality and the March of Intellect, by Alan Rauch

Biography: Ralph Emerson McGill: Voice of the Southern Conscience, by Leonard Ray Teel

Memoir: In the Arms of Grace, by Christi Hai

History: The Empty Nursery: The Disappearance of Haley Hardwick, by Jaclyn Weldon White

Self-help/how to: Family Estrangements: How They Begin, How to Mend Them, How to Cope with Them, by Barbara LeBey

Inspirational: Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses, by Bruce Feiler

Cookbook: The Grit Cookbook, by Jessica Greene and Ted Hafer

Specialty book: Penley, by Steve Penley

Children's picture book: On Shabbat, by Cathy Goldberg Fishman

Children's nonfiction: Giant Predators of the Ancient Seas, by Judy Cutchins and Ginny Johnston

Mid-reader/young adult: Circle of Fire, by Evelyn Coleman

Poetry: A Black Bridge, by Ralph Tejeda Wilson

The Barry L. and Robert S. Taran Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing: Ali Spizman

Lifetime achievement: Dwight Humphries

Call for Papers

Southern Writers, Southern Writing (deadline: May 1, 2002)

Essay Collection: The Native American South (deadline: June 1, 2002)


The Southern Mystique Short Film Screenwriting Competition (deadline: April 15, 2002)

Jan Karon's Wedding Story Contest (deadline: April 25, 2002)

Fred Bonnie Memorial Award for Best First Novel (deadline: May 15, 2002)

Appalachian Writers Association Contests for 2002 (deadline: June 1, 2002)

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