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World Premiere of The Adventures of Ociee Nash

The world premiere of The Adventures of Ociee Nash opened the Coke Film Series at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on June 1, 2003.  Written and produced by Atlanta sisters Amy McGary and Kristen McGray, the film is based on the novel A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street by Atlanta author Milam McGraw Propst.  The cast includes Keith Carradine, Mare Winningham, Skyler Day as "Ociee Nash."  Trading Spaces Ty Pennington makes a special appearance as the Wright brother "Wilbur."  The production was filmed in Orchard Hill, Georgia, Atlanta's Inman Park and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Adventures of Ociee Nash tells the story of nine year old Ociee Nash in the year 1898 who is sent from her father and brothers in rural Mississippi to live with her refined aunt in Asheville, North Carolina.

Ociee's story continues in Ociee on Her Own, a new novel by Milam McGraw Propst.

Valerie Martin is Awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction by Women


Valerie Martin's Property, a novel about a plantation owner's wife in the American South, was selected for London's Orange Prize for Fiction by Women. The award carries a cash prize of $49,000.

Martin is a native of New Orleans, and now lives in upstate New York.



Lillie D. Chaffin Literary Award Presented to Silas House

What a month Silas House is having!  In a recent poll, readers of Kentucky Monthly magazine voted House Kentucky's Favorite Writer.

Silas House was presented the Lillie D. Chaffin Literary Award on June 4, 2003 at the Bluegrass 'n' More at Morehead State University.  The Chaffin award is in memory of the late Lillie D. Chaffin, a Pikeville native and an associate poet laureate of Kentucky. 

House's Clay's Quilt has been selected as the Morehead State University "One Town, One Book" program.  The 2001 novel was House's literary debut and was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the year and the Southeastern Booksellers Association Book Award. 

Silas House is a recipient of the James Still Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Kentucky Literary Award for Excellence in Fiction.

Theresa Williams selected as a Paterson Fiction Prize Finalist

The Secret of Hurricanes by Theresa Williams has been named a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize.

The Paterson Fiction Prize is award annually by the Poetry Center at Passiac County Community College.

Theresa Williams has degrees in art and English from East Carolina University and an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she currently teaches.


Georgia Authors of the Year Awards

The 39th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held Saturday, June 7, 2003 at The Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.  Harriette M. Austin received the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Georgia Writers, Inc. sponsors the awards which are given to books published in 2002.

The winners (in bold) and nominees are: [Note: Only one award was presented in creative non-fiction, which grouped essay, memoir, history, biography, self-help, and inspirational.]

Fiction (Novel) Short Story Collections
Jim Grimsley - Boulevard
Mary Andrews - Savannah Blues
Deeva Denez - The Bearer of the Sign
Paul Hemphill - Nobody’s Hero
Jana Oliver - The Summoning Stone
Karin Slaughter - Kisscut
Jeannie Sutton Hogue - Kudzu Murders
Augusta Trobaugh - Swan Place
Bill York -
Fatal Ambition
Janet Walker McDaniel - By Train at Night
Kenneth R. Fussell - Chico's Monkey Farm; and other Southern Tales
Cappy Hall Rearick - Simply Southern



First Novel Children's Literature
John Williams - Lake Moon
Valerie Clark - Tormented Without a Trace
Dani Dubre & Rod Mauck - The Pale Horse Cometh
Madeliene Farrell & Commodore Stone III - When I Wasn’t Looking
Cornell Graham - Prophet, Priest and King
Thomas Green - One Last Love
Kevin Hazzard - Sleeping Dogs
Sheri Joseph - Bear Me Safely Over
Jerry Moore - Weekend Warriors
Ernest Moss - Momma at the Crazy House
Maryanne Stahl - Forgive the Moon
Natasha Usher - Fairy Tale Wedding
Jane Walker - Widow of Sighing Pines
Steve Tiller - Boat & Wind, Rainbow’s Landing, and Born to Fly (three books)
Ginette B. Altema - Children of the Future Numbers Book
Brad Strickland & Thomas E. Fuller - Pirate Hunter: Mutiny!





Poetry Essay
Sandra Meek - Nomadic Foundations
R. Cary Bynum - The Chinaberry Tree & Other Poems
Kevin Cantwell - Something Black in the Green Part of Your Eye
Agnes M. Cowan - The Poet’s Eye
R.J. McCaffery - The Hymnal Week
Lee Passarella - Swallowed Up In Victory
Bill York - Reflections of the Great Spirit
R. Harold Brown - The Greening of Georgia: The Improvement of The Environment in the Twentieth Century
Sybil Fletcher Lash - Supreme Deception



Biography Memoir
Deborah Scroggins - Emma’s War
C.L. Bragg - Distinction in Every Service
R. Alan Culpepper - Eternity as a Sunrise: The Life of Hugo H. Culpepper
Kathryn W. Kemp - God’s Capitalist: Asa Candler of Coca-Cola
Jaclyn Weldon White -
A Very Special Gift: The Story of the Legacy of Emily Fisher Crum and Remer Hamilton Crum
Bill Boyd - Stepdaddy: a Creative Memoir
Shirley Garrett - A Tap Water Girl in a Bottled Water World
Laurie Scott-Reyes -
When Ravens Dare to Sing



History Self-Help
Bruce Feiler - Abraham
Gregory A. Freeman - Sailors To The End
Tammy Harden Galloway - The Inman Family: An Atlanta Family from Reconstruction to World War I
Kent Hannon and Sonny Seiler - Damn Good Dogs
John E. Lancaster - Judge Harley and His Boys: The Langdale Story
Andrew M. Manis - Southern Civil Religions in Conflict: Civil Rights and the Culture Wars
Sara Hines Martin - More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Georgia Women
Carole Merritt - The Herndons
Ronald H. Moseley - The Stillwell Letters: A Georgian in Longstreet’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia
Robert A. Pratt - We Shall Not Be Moved
Charles Seabrook - Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses
Love Henry Whelchel -
Hell Without Fire: Conversion in Slave Religion
Rene Godefroy - No Condition Is Permanent
Amy K. Hutchens - Brain Brilliant
Dr. Scott Isaacs - Hormonal Balance: Understanding Hormones, Weight and Your Metabolism
Sharon Simpson Joseph - And How My Spirit Soars: Learning to Pack for an Extraordinary Journey
Arline S. Kerman, J.D., Ph.D. - Should You Really Seek Custody of Your Child?/New Georgia Edition
Dr. Marcia Riley - Moving to HOT-lanta: A Reality or An Illusion
David Ryback - Love Sex and Passion for the Rest of Your Life
Jessica Stockwell - Live and Travel Well
Jason Tesauro & Phineas Mollod - The Modern Gentleman: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy & Vice




Shirley N. Bryson - The Jericho Road
Andrew Silver -
Combustible Burn (A Play)

ForeWord 2002 Book of the Year Awards Announced
The gold, silver and bronze award winners of the 2002 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards and the Editor's Choice Prizes in fiction and nonfiction were announced Friday, May 30th at a BEA program featuring guest speakers Jacqueline Deval and Lev Raphael. The Editor's Choice Prize for Fiction was Six Kinds of Sky by Luis Alberto Urrea (Cinco Puntos Press)  and for nonfiction Villa Decor by Betty Lou Phillips (Gibbs Smith Publishers).
Established in 1998, ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards program has become one of the most prestigious honors for independent presses and their authors.
ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to covering independent houses---ranging in size from university presses publishing hundreds of tiles per year to micro, POD and eBook publishers who may publish one title in a lifetime.
Awards going to Southern authors included:
Fiction Essay (Bronze)
It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories
Mary Ward Brown
University of Alabama Press
Fiction General (Gold)
The Last Noel
Michael Malone
Fiction General (Honorable Mention)
The Last Girls
Lee Smith
Algonquin Books
Fiction Historical (Bronze)
Speaks the Nightbird
Robert McCammon
River City
Fiction Literary (Gold)
One Foot in Eden
Ron Rash
Novello Festival Press
Fiction Literary (Bronze)
Parchment of Leaves
Silas House
Algonquin Books
Fiction Romance (Silver)
Alice at Heart
Deborah Smith
Nature (Silver)
Discovering Alabama Wetlands
Doug Phillips & Robert P. Falls, Sr.
University of Alabama Press
Poetry (Gold)
Landscape With Human Figure
Rafael Campo
Duke University Press
Poetry (Silver)
Rising Venus
Kelly Cherry
Louisiana State University Press
Sports & Recreation (Silver)
Fixin' to Git:One Fan's Love Affair with NASCAR's Winston Cup
Jim Wright
Duke University Press


Call for Papers
Flannery O'Connor panel (Deadline: June 9, 2003)
Southern Women Writers Conference (Deadline: July 1, 2003)
Southern Literary Journal (Deadline: August 1, 2003)
Louisiana English Journal, Fall 2003 Issue (Deadline: September 15, 2003)
Faulkner in the World (Deadline: September 30, 2003)
Journal of Kentucky Studies (Deadline: none)
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)
Southern Women Writers - Emerging Writers Contest (Deadline: July 1, 2003)
Lost States Writers Conference Scholarship - Contest (Deadline: July 1, 2003)

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