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Louis Rubin Honored
Louis D. Rubin, Jr., retired UNC English professor and founder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, was presented the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters at a ceremony held in New York City on May 19th. The award of $7,500 honors a writer of exceptional accomplishment in any literary genre.
This is the second major award for Rubin this spring. In March during the conference of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Louis Rubin was the 2004 recipient of the Richard Beale Davis Award, which is given to celebrate a lifetime of distinguished service to the study of Southern Literature. [photo credit: Curt Richter]
Terry Kay Awarded the Townsend Prize
The Townsend Prize for Fiction is the oldest and most distinguished literary award in Georgia. It is presented biennially to the Georgia writer judged to have published the best book of fiction in the previous two years.
Previous winners of the Townsend Prize include: Celestine Sibley, Alice Walker, Philip Lee Williams, Mary Hood, Sara Flanigan, Ferrol Sams, Charlie Smith, Pam Durban, JoAllen Bradham, Judson Mitcham, James Kilgo, and Ha Jin.
Sue Monk Kidd Presented Literature to Life Award
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, received the inaugural Literature to Life Award in April. The presentation was made by Nathan Lane. The evening also included the debut Literature to Life solo performance of the novel by Denise Wilbanks.
Educational rights to the novel are owned by the American Place Theatre, which produces, adapts and stages novels and oral histories for a variety of venues, among them the Library of Congress and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Sponsored by Penguin Books, the American Place Theatre's Literature to Life program is a marriage of theater, literature and education, with the aim of encouraging creative drama "as a means of student self-expression and a catalyst to literacy."
Kidd joins other writers whose work has been introduced to the stage by the American Place Theatre, including: S.J. Perelman, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Lowell, Donald Barthelme, Sylvia Plath, Robert Coover, Paul Goodman, Anne Sexton, May Swenson and Robert Penn Warren.
The Fitzgeralds Take London Stage
A new musical by Les Reed, Roger Cook and Kit Hesketh Harvey depicts the turbulent lives of Zelda and F.Scott Fitzgerald. The Beautiful and the Damned opened May 10th at London’s Lyric Theatre.
The Fitzgeralds are iconic figures of the American Jazz Age. Scott, who wrote the books “The Beautiful and the Damned,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender Is The Night,” and Zelda was a modern Southern Belle from Alabama, but she was doom to a tragic end. Zelda died in a North Carolina sanitarium and Scott eventually succumbed to the effects of alcoholism.
Roger Cook and Les Reed are both among the United Kingdom’s most distinguished songwriters. Cook wrote more than 80 Top 30 hits, including “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart”, “Something Tells Me” and “I’d Like to Teach The World to Sing”. Reed has won ten Ivor Novello awards and wrote standards such as “It’s Not Unusual”, “Delilah” and “The Last Waltz”.
2004 SEBA Book Awards Nominees
This year’s SEBA Book Awards Dinner will take place June 26th at The Park Hotel in Charlotte, NC. The SEBA 2004 Award Winners, voted on by SEBA’s independent bookstore members, will be announced in early June. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and limited. To order tickets, call 1-800-331-9617. And the Nominees are:
Footprints of God, Greg Iles, Scribner
Rabbit Factory, Larry Brown, Free Press
Slow Way Home, Michael Morris, HarperSan Francisco
The Valley of the Light, Terry Kay, Atria Press
The Keeper's Son, Homer Hickam,
Thomas Dunne Books
Isle of Palms, Dorthea Benton
The Bedford Boys, Alex Kershaw, DaCapo
Sins of the Seventh Sister, Huston Curtiss, Harmony Books
Jefferson’s War, Joseph Wheelan, Carroll & Graff
And the Dead Shall Rise, Steve Oney,
When It Was Our War, Stella
Hungry for Home, Amy Rogers,
Novello Festival Press
The Gift of Southern Cooking, Scott
Peacock & Edna Lewis, Knopf
Dirty Cowboy, Amy Timberlake, Farrar Straus & Giroux
Halloween Night, Charles Ghigna,
T is for Tarheel, Carol Crane, Sleeping Bear Press
Orville: A Dog Story, Haven Kimmel, Clarion Books
How I Became a Pirate, Linda Long, Harcourt
Fury of Motion, Charles Ghigna, Boyds Mills Press
The Ha Ha: Poems, David Kirby, LSU
Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets, edited by Jennifer Horne, NewSouth, Inc.
Locales, Poems from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, edited by Fred Chappell, LSU Press
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