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Kelly Cherry to Appear in "Late Night Readings" at SC Book Festival
"Late Night Readings" with Kelly Cherry and USC Creative Writing Graduate Students is a new addition to the South Carolina Book Festival. Kelly Cherry will read from Rising Venus, My Life and Dr. Joyce Brothers, and her upcoming release We Can Still Be Friends.
USC graduate students reading include: Jill Carroll, Matt Boyleston, Carl Jenkinson, Paige Haggard, Nuke DeLoach, Mike Overman, Susan Wolfe, Ray McManus, and Joey Poole.
The event will be held February 22, 2003 beginning at 9 PM at Sherlock Holmes Pub in Columbia, SC. Admission is free, but there will be a cash bar. Sponsored in part by Southern Scribe and USC's Creative Writing Graduate Students.
The Chautauqua South Fiction Award goes to Susan Carol McCarthy
Susan Carol McCarthy has been named the recipient of the 2003 Chautauqua South Fiction Award for her book Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands. Ms. McCarthy will receive her award and speak at Blake Library in Stuart, Florida, on Friday, February 28, 2003.
Now in its fifth year, the Library Foundation of Martin County, Florida, gives the award to an outstanding work of fiction written by a Florida author and/or having a significant Florida setting. The winning book must have been published within the previous three years and be of meritorious literary quality. Initial nominations are made by a statewide group of librarians, professors, writers, and humanities specialists. The final selection committee is made up of dedicated readers from the Martin County Library System. Previous winners include: Connie May Fowler, James Carlos Blake, Janis Owens and Richard Schmitt.
Diane McWhorter to Receive Cason Award
Diane McWhorter, author of CARRY ME HOME: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution, will receive the 2003 Clarence Cason Writing Award from the journalism department of the University of Alabama on March 20th. She becomes the third Pulitzer Prize winner to be honored with the Cason Award.
McWhorter was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, but moved to Birmingham at age five. Carry Me Home is her first book. McWhorter writes on race, politics and culture for numerous publications.
The Cason Banquet will be followed by the Press and Public Symposium "Tell About Alabama" on March 21st. Symposium participants will include McWhorter, Eugene Patterson, a former editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the St. Petersburg Times; Wayne Greenhaw, editor and publisher of Alabama magazine and author of Long Journey Home; and Roy Hoffman, a senior writer for the Mobile Press Register and author of Chicken Dreaming Corn.
The University of Alabama journalism department established the Cason Award in 1997 to honor exemplary non-fiction.
Diane Batts Morrow Wins Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Publication Prize
Diane Batts Morrow has been named winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Publication Prize for the Best Book in Black Women's History for 2002 by the Association of Black Women Historians. Morrow's book, Persons of Color and Religious at the Same Time: The Oblate Sisters of Providence, 1828-1860, was published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Morrow is an assistant professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Georgia.