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Tribute: Alabama Journalist Bailey Thomson
University of Alabama journalism professor Bailey Thomson, 54, suffered a fatal heart attack while fighting a grass fire at home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on November 26, 2003.
Thomson's journalism career spanned 25 years, during which he worked for the Huntsville Times, Tuscaloosa News, Shreveport Journal and Orlando Sentinel. In 1992, he became associate editor of the Mobile Register.
While at the Mobile Register, Thomson directed a special investigation of Alabama's antiquated constitution, titled "Sin of the Fathers," an editorial series he and two colleagues wrote, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1995.
Bailey Thomson continued his fight for constitutional reform through the organization Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform. He served as editor and contributor to a book of essays published by the University of Alabama Press titled Century of Controversy: The 1901 Alabama Constitution.
Thomson served six years on the University of Alabama faculty. He was a full professor in the journalism department and head of the department's graduate studies. Thomson was instrumental in the creation of Dateline Alabama, and the site remembers him with this tribute.
He leaves behind wife Kristi and daughter Sarah.
Library of Virginia Literary Awards Presented
The Library of Virginia and the Library of Virginia Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards.
The winner for the best work of fiction by a Virginia author is Richard Bausch for Hello to the Cannibals: A Novel. Richard Bausch is the recipient of the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in northern Virginia and teaches at George Mason University.
The winner for the best non-fiction work about Virginia or by a Virginia author is J. Douglas Smith for Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics, and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia. J. Douglas Smith received his doctorate from the University of Virginia 1998. He is a visiting assistant professor of history at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
The winner for the best book of poetry by a Virginian is Charles Wright for A Short History of the Shadow: Poems. Charles Wright is the author of 14 collections of poetry and two works of non-fiction. Among his many honors are the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Ruth Lilley Poetry Prize. Since 1983 he has been a professor of English at the University of Virginia.
Louis D. Rubin, Jr. is the recipient of the Library of Virginia Lifetime Achievement Award. Rubin has taught and influenced a generation of Virginia writers. Born in South Carolina, he is an acclaimed literary critic, novelist and historian and is considered one of the most influential figures in contemporary Southern literature. The founder and president of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, from 1957 until 1967 he taught at Hollins College and from 1967 to 1989 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The winners received a cash award and the Library’s signature award, a specially designed crystal book, at a gala black-tie reception on November 15.
Baldacci's Christmas Train Re-Issued for 2003
David Baldacci's The Christmas Train (Warner Books, 2002) was so well-loved, Warner Books decided to re-release it this season, still in hardcover, but with a lower price ($12.95), a lovely gold-edged new cover, gorgeous new endpapers and the same great story.
Revisit the Southern Scribe interview with David Baldacci from 2002, Finding Your Rhythm for Life's Journey.
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