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Southern Book Award Nominees Announced

The Southern Book Critics Circle has selected their nominations for the 2004 Southern Book Awards. They are: 

Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller, by Marshall Chapman (St. Martin's Press)
And The Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank, by Steve Oney (Pantheon)
An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, by Henry Wiencek (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The Clearing, by Tim Gatreaux (Knopf)
Selected Stories, by Shirley Ann Grau (Louisiana State University Press)
The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (Amistad/HarperCollins)

The awards that will be presented to the winners at the Southern Festival of Books, which will be held in Memphis, Tennessee, October 8-10.

James River Writers Festival Sponsors New People's Choice Awards With Library of Virginia

The James River Writers Festival has teamed up with the Library of Virginia to sponsor the People’s Choice Awards in connection with the Festival’s “Booktober” theme and the Library’s seventh annual Literary Awards.

The People’s Choice Awards will be given for the best work of fiction and best work of nonfiction by a Virginia author, as voted upon by readers.  Readers may select from five finalists in the fiction category and five finalists in the nonfiction category.  The finalists were chosen by a panel of independent booksellers and one JRWF member from the list of books nominated for the Library of Virginia Awards.

For fiction, the five finalists are: Pattern Recognition by William Gibson; Bleachers by John Grisham; The Known World by Edward Jones; Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon; and Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani.

For nonfiction, the five finalists are:  In the Presence of Mine Enemies by Edward Ayers; Mr. Jefferson’s Lost Cause by Roger Kennedy; The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw; Southern Lady, Yankee Spy by Elizabeth Varon; and The Burma Road by Donovan Webster.

Balloting ended on August 2nd. Winners will be announced in mid-August.  The People’s Choice Awards, along with the Library’s Literary Awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry will be presented at the Library of Virginia Celebration of Virginia Authors and Friends on October 16, 2004.

For more information about the People’s Choice Awards and the James River Writers Festival, see:

For information about the Library of Virginia’s Awards Celebration, see:


Call for Papers
Journal of Kentucky Studies (Deadline: none)
Contextualizing Streetcar (Deadline: September 15, 2004)
History in/and/of Southern Literature (Deadline: October 15, 2004)
Delta Blues Symposium XI: Imagining the Delta (Deadline: January 14, 2005)
Faulkner and Whiteness (Deadline: September 24, 2005)
Southern Writers' Project (Deadline: none)
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