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2003 SEBA Book Award Winners Announced
Book Award winners are in bold followed by the other finalists.
The Southeast Booksellers Association Book Award Dinner will take place April 4, 2003 at the Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. For ticket information, visit the SEBA web site.
Southern Fellowship of Writers to Induct Eight
The theme for the 12th Biennial Conference on Southern Literature is "Southern Legends: From Eudora to Elvis". The event will be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee April 24-26, 2003. This year's conference will present the world premiere staged readings of two one-act plays by Tennessee Williams - "The Palooka" and "Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?"
The Convocation of the Fellowship of Southern Writers program will be "Remembering Eudora Welty" featuring Ellen Douglas, Louis Rubin and Elizabeth Spencer.
To be inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers:
Delta Burke to Star in WB's Sweet Potato Queens
Delta Burke has signed to play the lead role in the half-hour WB pilot "Sweet Potato Queens." The project is a multi-generational comedy from writer-exec producer Pamela Eells ("Mad About You") in association with Warner Bros. TV.
The character Burke will portray is based on real-life Southern Belle and author Jill Conner Browne, the original "Sweet Potato Queen." The Jackson, Mississippi native has written three humorous guides for spirited Belles over the age of 40 (though those young Tammys can learn something, too). Browne's latest book is The Sweet Potato Queen's Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner).
Delta Burke, known for her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker on CBS's "Designing Women," had a recurring role of Cherry Cherry on WB's "Popular," a part written specifically for Delta, Cherry was a former Miss Texas 1974.