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Southern Books Claim National Book Critics Awards

Edward Jones' fictional account of the lives of black slaveowners and Paul Hendrickson's social history of racism in Mississippi took top honors at the National Book Critics Circle annual awards ceremony in February.

Jones' debut novel, The Known World, explores the world of blacks who owned slaves 20 years before the Civil War. Besides the National Book honor, The Known World has also be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association's First Novelist Award.
Paul Hendrickson's Sons of Mississippi is a biographical portrait of seven sheriffs who were photographed for Life magazine. In the picture, taken just before the 1962 riots over the integration of the University of Mississippi, one of the sheriffs is shown posturing with a billy club. Besides the National Book Award for Nonfiction, Sons of Mississippi has been awarded the Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. 

First-time Novelist Wins Florida Literature Award

Artifacts, a novel by Mary Anna Evans, has won the 2004 Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, given by the Florida Historical Society. This award recognizes the valuable contributions made by writers of Florida fiction in stimulating the promotion and study of the state's history and heritage.

Ms. Evans is a resident of Gainesville, Florida. She holds degrees in physics and chemical
engineering, and her professional background includes stints as an environmental engineer,
as a youth choir director, and as a roustabout on a offshore production platform.  She is
at work on Relics, the sequel to

Artifacts has just been released in mass-market paperback (ibooks/Simon&Schuster, $6.99, ISBN: 0743479505).

Shenandoah Announces Annual Prize Winners

SHENANDOAH: The Washington and Lee University Review
, announces the winners of its annual fiction, essay and poetry prizes for 2003. Ann Harleman of Providence, Rhode Island has been awarded The Goodheart Prize for Fiction ($1,000) for her story, “Will Build to Suit,” which appeared in Shenandoah 53/4. The Goodheart Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best story published in Shenandoah during a volume year, and is made possible by a gift of the late Mrs. Goodheart’s husband, Harry G. Goodheart Jr. and her son Harry G. Goodheart, III. Harleman’s stories have appeared previously in Shenandoah, and she is the author of Bitter Lake (SMU, 1996) and Happiness (Iowa, 1994). She is on the faculty at Brown University and is the recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships and the O. Henry award. Latha Viswanathan was judge for the 2003 prize.

Jeffrey Hammond of Takoma Park, Maryland is winner of the $500 Thomas H. Carter Prize for the Essay for his work, “Night Moves,” published in Shenandoah 53/4. The Carter Prize, judged this year by Rebecca McClanahan, is given in honor of the late Thomas H. Carter, co-founder of Shenandoah, and is awarded to the author of what is judged to be the best essay published in the magazine each year. Hammond’s most recent books are Ohio States: A Twentieth-Century Midwestern (Kent State, 2002) and The American Puritan Elegy: A Literary and Cultural Study (Cambridge, 2000). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, he teaches at St. Mary’s College in Maryland.

Cody Walker of Seattle, Washington is the recipient of The James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry for his poems, “Hephzibah Cemetery, April 1889” and “New Orleans, August 1890,” both of which were published in Shenandoah 53/4. The $1000 prize for poetry is awarded annually to the author of the best poem/s published during a volume year and is made possible by gifts from friends of the late James Boatwright, former editor of Shenandoah. Aimee Nezhukumatathil was judge for the 2003 prize. Walker’s work has appeared in The Cream City Review, The Cortland Review and Poetry Motel. He teaches at the University of Washington.

"The Faces of Mardi Gras" to become Cover for Robertson Novel

Brewster Milton Robertson has purchased the original painting and rights to "The Faces of Mardi Gras" -- painted by artist Jo Patton, also of Fairhope, for the cover art of "A Posturing of Fools", his novel to be released by River City Publishing of Montgomery on September 1, 2004.  Patton's painting will be used in an international media campaign and will serve as the cover of the River City Fall Catalog.

Prior to the selling of the painting, 100 numbered prints were created.  These are now available at The Lyon's Share in Fairhope as are the official Fairhope Mardi Gras T-shirts bearing the colorful painting.  Other original paintings by Patton following the faces of Mardi Gras theme are showing at The Lyon's Share and are available for purchase.



Call for Papers
Journal of Kentucky Studies (Deadline: none)
Encyclopedia of Native American Literature (Deadline: April 25, 2004)
Conflict in Southern Writing (Deadline: June 1, 2004)
History in/and/of Southern Literature (Deadline: October 15, 2004)
Southeastern Theatre Conference New Play Project (accepted March 1 thru June 1, 2004)
South Carolina Magazine Fiction Contest (Deadline: April 15, 2004)
Cape Fear Crime Short Story Contest (Deadline: June 1, 2004)
Southern Writers' Project (Deadline: none)
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