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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

Terry Kay was presented the Townsend Prize for Fiction in Atlanta on April 21, 2004. A literary icon in Georgia, Kay was honored for his current novel The Valley of the Light.

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
Four Spirits, Sena Jeter Naslund, Morrow
The Red Hat Club, Haywood Smith, St. Martin's Press
Brave Enemies, Robert Morgan, Algonquin

Isle of Palms, Dorthea Benton Frank, Berkley
The Known World, Edward Jones, Amistad Press
Lunch at the Picadilly, Clyde Edgerton, Algonquin



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, Pantheon
Rescuing Patty Hearst, Virginia Holman, Simon & Schuster

When It Was Our War, Stella Suberman, Algonquin
Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, Marshall Chapman, St. Martin's Press
Hugh Morton's North Carolina,  Hugh Morton, UNC Press
GRITS - Girls Raised in the South Guide, Deborah Ford, Penguin (Dutton)




Hungry for  Home, Amy Rogers, Novello Festival Press
Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way, Sallie Ann Robinson, UNC Press
The Sweet Potato Queen’s Big-Ass Cookbook (and Financial Planner), Jill Conner Browne, Three Rivers

The Gift of Southern Cooking, Scott Peacock & Edna Lewis, Knopf



Dirty Cowboy, Amy Timberlake, Farrar Straus & Giroux

Halloween Night, Charles Ghigna, Running Press
Jasper, Michelle Groce, Novello Festival Press
Thank You, God!, Holly Bea, H. J. Kramer

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 Press
Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni, Nikki Giovanni, William Morrow

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


Call for Papers
Journal of Kentucky Studies (Deadline: none)
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)
Cape Fear Crime Short Story Contest (Deadline: June 1, 2004)
Southern Writers' Project (Deadline: none)
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