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2003 SEBA Book Award Winners Announced

Book Award winners are in bold followed by the other finalists.

Fiction Non Fiction
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Half-Mammals of Dixie by George Singleton
Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson
The Last Girls by Lee Smith
Little Friend by Donna Tartt
A Parchment of Leaves: A Novel by Silas House
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters by Robert Gordon
My Father's People by Louis Rubin
No Heroes by Chris Offut



Children Poetry
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Epossumondus written by Colleen Salley, illustrated by Janet Stevens
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Turtle Saver by Laurie Parker
Catching Light by Kathryn Stripling Byer
Bellocq's Ophelia by Natasha Tethewey
Ecstasy of Regret by Dannye Romine Powell
Quartet for Three Voices by James Applewhite
Song and Dance by Alan Shapiro


Foster's Market by Sara Foster
I'm Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking by Alton Brown
Lady and Sons Just Desserts by Paula Deen

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:

Madison Smartt Bell
Kaye Gibbons
Barry Hannah
Yusef Komunyakaa
Jill McCorkle
John Shelton Reed
Ellen Bryant Voigt
Allen Wier

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. 

Call for Papers
Southern Writers Symposium (Deadline: March 15, 2003)
"The Problem of Displacement in Flannery O’Connor’s Works and Life” (Deadline: March 28, 2003
Southern Literary Journal (Deadline: August 1, 2003)
Appalachian Writers Association Contests (Deadline: June 1, 2003)
EAA "Countdown to Kitty Hawk' Writing Contest (deadline: June 4, 2003)
Fred Bonnie First Novel Contest 2003 (Deadline: June 15, 2003)
Tennessee Writers Alliance Contests (Deadline: July 1, 2003)

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