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Tribute: Larry Brown
The native of Tula, Mississippi, served two years in the Marine Corps before returning home to join the Oxford Fire Department. Brown’s 17 years as a firefighter were captured in his memoir On Fire (Algonquin).Big Bad Love became the basis of the 2002 film of the same name produced by actress Debra Winger and directed by her husband, Arliss Howard, both of whom appeared in the movie.
Larry Brown won two Southern Book Critics Circle Awards for Fiction, for Joe and Father and Son, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Literature for Facing the Music, The Thomas Wolfe Award, and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. A documentary, "The Rough South of Larry Brown," premiered at the Center for Documentary Studies in 2000 and was featured at many independent film festivals.
Tribute: Cheryl Anne Porter
Blind Date (Harlequin), the final book by Cheryl Anne Porter will be released in February 2005. Two scholarships for writers have been set up in Cheryl's memory, for more information go to the Cheryl Anne Porter web site.
Cheryl Anne Porter passed away August 25, 2004 after a valiant battle against cancer. The national speaker, writing instructor, and acclaimed author of 22 novels was born in Savannah, Georgia, and lived in Germany, England and many U.S. cities before settling in Tampa in 1998. Cheryl earned a B.A. in American literature from the University of Oklahoma and attended graduate school at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she taught. A National Readers Choice Award-winner, Cheryl earned honors for her novels in historical mystery, Western fiction and contemporary romantic comedy. The U.S. Library of Congress chose her first book, Jessie's Outlaw, for its prestigious Rare Book Collection. Cheryl spoke on writing to audiences nationwide, keynoted at the renowned Chautauqua Writer's Institute, and taught college-level fiction writing in Tampa.
Ron Rash to Receive the James Still Award
The Fellowship of Southern Writers has named Ron Rash, the Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, as recipient of its James Still Award for Writing of the Appalachian South.
Rash, who teaches in the English department at Western, is author of two novels based in the Appalachians. His debut novel, One Foot in Eden, was Western's freshman summer reading selection for 2004. More recently, he published Saints at the River.
Established in 1997, the James Still Award is given biennially by the Fellowship of Southern Writers to a writer showing excellence in writing about the Appalachian South. Previous winners include the award's namesake, a novelist, poet and essayist often called "the dean of Appalachian literature" (1997), Charles Frazier (1999), George Scarbrough (2001) and Silas House (2003).Rash will receive the 2005 award during the 2005 Arts and Education Council Conference on Southern Literature, set for March 31-April 2 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.