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News                                                    June, 2005   



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Tribute: Anne Bancroft

Anne Bancroft, 73, lost her battle with cancer on June 6, 2005. She won the 1962 best actress Oscar as the teacher of a young Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Bancroft also won the best actress Tony for the role of Anne Sullivan that she created for Broadway. On TV, she played the aging widow in Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Her final film performance was as the Countessa in Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone for TV in 2003. Pictured: Patty Duke with Anne Bancroft in The Miracle Worker.

Oprah's Faulkner Summer

Oprah's Book Club has helped boost contemporary southern authors in the past. This summer she turns her Classics Book Club to three works of William Faulkner -- As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and Light in August. If you join Oprah's on line classroom, you can follow the reading calendar, read the background information on William Faulkner, join in book discussions and watch a video lecture every Monday night. There is a section for interactive Q & A with professors. Robert Hamblin, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University, will respond to questions on As I Lay Dying. Thadious Davis, Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, will respond to questions on The Sound and the Fury. Renowned academic writer and lecturer Arnold Weinstein will respond to questions on Light in August. The Oprah's Book Club edition is being sold as a boxed set titled A Summer of Faulkner.


Marshall Chapman on XM

Marshall Chapman has become a regular contributor to The Bob Edwards Show, sharing her essays and music. The Bob Edwards Show is heard on XM Satellite Radio's public radio channel (XMPR, Channel 133) at 8:00am, 9:00am and 9:00pm EST. The program can also be heard on XM's website 24 hours a day. If you're not already a subscriber to XM, click here to register for a free trial. More about the Bob Edwards Show here. Marshall's essay will air near the end of the show, about 8 minutes before the hour.




Jackie Robinson Launch Supports Community 

The Mohawks Foundation hosted the launch of Joe Formichella's new book Here’s to You Jackie Robinson: The Legend of the Prichard Mohawks, about the Negro/Black baseball league in Prichard (Mobile). Many of the old baseball players, including the Candyman and Popcorn, attended the book launch, which was equally a tribute to them.

The book’s publisher MacAdam Cage is donating 30% of the proceeds from the sale of Formichella's book to the Mohawks Foundation, a community-based organization with scholarships, sports instruction (baseball, golf, etc.), and workshops in creative writing, screenwriting and drama. Suzanne Hudson, whose current novel is In the Dark of the Moon, is on the organization’s board. Joe Formichella is a former feature writer for Mobile Bay Monthly. Pictured: Suzanne Hudson, Joe Formichella, and Sonny Brewer (standing).


Southern Baby Launch

Special interest magazine publisher Hoffman Media, LLC in May launched a new magazine that celebrates the beautiful lifestyle surrounding the birth or adoption through the first four years of a child’s life. Titled Southern Baby, the quarterly magazine has the same feel and quality photography as sister publications Southern Lady and TeaTime. Targeted to parents and expectant parents as well as grandparents throughout the nation, its emphasis has a decidedly Southern twist.         

“From the nursery to the christening gown, everything must be perfect for our little bundles of joy,” says Hoffman president Phyllis Hoffman. “Southern Baby is intended to serve as a sourcebook for parents to heighten the experience and enhance the memories of those first few years that come only once in a child’s life.”  

Editor Barbara Cockerham adds that each issue will contain shopping information for everything from luxury playhouses to choosing the right photographer as well as informative features on decorating an exquisite nursery and celebrating memorable moments in a child’s life. “These stories will share space with tips for the expectant or new mother on finding the right spa treatments and planning a baby shower.”  

The magazine is available by annual subscription ($15.98) at 888-411-8995 and nationally through magazine, book and grocery retailers ($4.99 per issue). 

Southern Baby is the eighth titled published by Hoffman Media, LLC, based in Birmingham, Ala. The company, which expects revenues in excess of $14 million this year, also publishes Southern Lady, TeaTime, Taste of the South, Red Hat Society LifeStyle, Sew Beautiful, Just CrossStitch and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazines.

Georgia Authors Receive National Awards 

Georgia authors Jim Grimsley and Philip Lee Williams have won a couple of prestigious fiction honors this month.

Grimsley is one of eight authors to receive the 2005 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, given to "writers of exceptional accomplishment." Williams, meanwhile, is the winner of the 2004 Michael Shaara Award for Civil War Fiction for his novel A Distant Flame

Grimsley's prize, which includes a check for $7,500, was presented May 18th in ceremonies in New York.  

A native of Rocky Mount, N.C., Grimsley is senior writer-in-residence and director of the creative writing program at Emory University. His first novel, Winter Birds, won the 1995 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His third novel, 1997's My Drowning, earned Grimsley Georgia Author of the Year honors. He lives in Decatur.  

Williams, who was born in Madison and has lived nearly all his life in and around Athens, is an adjunct professor of creative writing and Franklin College editor at the University of Georgia. He is the author of nine novels and two works of creative nonfiction along with poetry, essays and screenplays. He was named Georgia Author of the Year in 1991.  

The Shaara award, which includes a check for $2,500, was created in 1997 by novelist Jeff Shaara and the U.S. Civil War Center, a department of the Louisiana State University Libraries' Special Collections. Jeff Shaara's father, Michael Shaara, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for the Civil War novel The Killer Angels, on which the movie Gettysburg was based.  

Williams will receive the award in a June 16 ceremony with the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston as co-host.

SEBA Book Awards Announced

The Southeast Booksellers Association have announced the winners of their annual book awards. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor, each year the awards recognize great books of southern origin, as voted upon by SEBA core bookstore members. Awards will be presented at the Fall SEBA Trade Show Kick-Off Luncheon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on September 16, 2005.

The 2005 nominees and winners (blue) follow:

Saints at the River, Ron Rash, Henry Holt & Co.
The Coal Tattoo, Silas House, Algonquin
Why Dogs Chase Cars, George Singleton, Algonquin
My Old True Love, Sheila Kay Adams, Algonquin
Shem Creek, Dorothea Benton Frank, Berkley
Hissy Fit, Mary Kay Andrews, HarperCollins
A Redbird Christmas, Fannie Flagg, Random House
Non Fiction:
We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier, Celia Rivenbark, SMP
Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, Warren St. John, Crown
No One Gardens Alone: A Life of Elizabeth Lawrence, Emily Herring Wilson, Beacon
Blood Done Sign My Name, Tim Tyson, Random House
Seasons of Cumberland Island, Fred Whitehead, University of Georgia Press
A Companion for Owls, Maurice Manning, Harcourt
Waltzing Through Endtime, David Bottoms, Copper Canyon Press
New Found Land, Allan Wolf, Candlewick Press
Frank Stitt’s Southern Table, Frank Stitts, Artisan
The Pat Conroy Cookbook, Pat Conroy, Doubleday
Jan Karon’s Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader, Jan Karon, Viking
Peter and the Star Catchers, Ridley Pearson & Dave Barry, Hyperion
Why Epossumondas Has No Hair on His Tail, Colleen Salley, Harcourt
Chestnut, Constance W. McGeorge, Mary Whyte (illus), Peachtree
Saturdays and Teacakes, Lester Laminack, Peachtree
Story of the H.L. Hunley, Fran Hawk, Sleeping Bear Press


Alabama Author Awards

The Alabama Library Association has named the Alabama Author Award winners for 2005. They are:  

Angela Johnson, born in Tuskegee and a resident of Kent, Ohio. She won the juvenile/young adult award for her book, The First Part Last (Simon & Schuster).  

Jack Sacco of Birmingham and a resident of Los Angeles. He won the nonfiction award for Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau (Regan Books).  

Robert Inman of Elba, a resident of Charlotte and Boone, N.C. He won the fiction award for Captain Saturday (Little, Brown). 

The awards were presented at the association’s annual convention on April 21, 2005.

Georgia Author of the Year Awards

The 41st Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held June 4, 2005 at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. The awards go to books published in calendar year 2004. 

Alice Lovelace received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a noted spoken word artist, writer, poet, magazine editor, education, and community activist and leader. Lovelace is executive director of the Atlanta Partnership for the Arts in Learning, Inc., which she co-founded with Jane Fonda and Dr. Lisa Delpit.  

Award nominees with announced winners in blue follow:

Memoir Division: Traditionally Published
Karen McElmurray - Surrendered Child
Jackie K. Cooper - Halfway Home
Doug Crandell - Pig Boy's Wicked Bird
Julia De Pree - Body Story
Ann Kempner Fisher, ED. - BOOBS
Hollis Gillespie - Bleachy Haired Honky Bitch
Chuck Leavell - Between Rock and a Home Place

Buckner Melton - Closing Arguments: A Memoir 
Memoir Division: Self-Published
Sandra Riggin - Forbidden Memories: A Journey of Healing
Biography Division: Traditionally Published
Ken Foskett - Judging Thomas
James Cook - Carl Vinson: Patriarch of the Armed Forces
Rebecca Davis and Sandra Peacock - Judge Faye Sanders Martin
Craig Seymour – Luther

History Division:
Traditionally Published
Andrew M. Manis - Macon Black and White: An Unutterable Separation in the American Century
Eleanor Agnew - Back From the Land
John Blake - Children of The Movement
William Bragg and William Scaife - Joe Brown's Pets
Russell Brown - Our Connection With Savannah
Terrence Centner - Empty Pastures: Confined Animals
Delane Chappell - An Enduring Presence
Robert Craig - Bernard Maybeck at Principia College: The Art and Craft of Building
Frederick Huff - Liberator Bomber
John Whitehead - Completing the Union
Essay Division: Traditionally Published
Maryn McKenna - Beating Back The Devil
George E. N. deMan - In The Vineyard Of The Mind
Lee Harris - Civilization and Its Enemies
Wendy Orent – Plague
Self-Help Division: Traditionally Published
Bobbie Christmas - Write in Style
Steve Clements - Show Runner
Barbara LeBey - Re-Married With Children
Self-Help Division: Self-Published
Peter Bowerman - The Well-Fed Writer: Back for Seconds
M. Kay duPont - Writing Skills for the College-Bound Student
Stacey Mayo - I Can't Believe I Get Paid To Do This
F.N. Rosenstock - Taking Care of Mom

Inspirational/Religious Division:
Traditionally Published
Dennis Eugene Engleman - Patmos: Isle of The Apocalypse
Inspirational/Religious Division: Self-Published
Vally Sharpe - Simon Says: Views From a Higher Perspective
Mary Ellis Taylor - George MacDonald Exposes False...
Specialty Books Division: Traditionally Published
Allen M. Armitage - Armitage's Garden Annuals
Michael A. Dirr - Hydrangeas for American Gardens
Suzanne Lawler - Cotton, Cornbread, and Conversations
Jack Leigh; James Kilgo; and Alan Campbell - OSSABAW; Evocations of An Island
Poetry: Traditionally Published
Eric Nelson - Terrestrials
Cherryl Floyd-Miller - Chops
Thelma Hall and Butcher Wilson; Carmen Acevedo, ED. - Release and Restoration
Sylvia L. Parsons-Rams - Pulse Points of a Woman's World
Poetry: Self-Published
Darlene Carter - Journey of a Dream
Mark Anthony Thomas - The Poetic Repercussion
Fiction:Traditionally Published
Steve Berry - The Romanov Prophecy
Julie Cannon - Mater Biscuit
Anthony Kellman - The Houses of Alphonso
Judson Mitcham - Sabbath Creek
James Moore - Possessions
Rich Sestili - The Healer's Cross
Jaclyn Weldon White - Distant Hearts
Fiction: Self-Published
Hawk MacKinney - Poison at The Pinnacle
Fran Stewart - Yellow as Legal Pads
Bill York - Valley of Silent Drums
Sam Crenshaw - Stories From the Cotton Patch
First Novel: Traditionally Published
Emily Giffin - Something Borrowed
Agnes M. Cowan - Rachael's Redemption
Richard Croker - To Make Men Free
Karin Gillespie - Bet Your Bottom Dollar
Patty Callahan Henry - Losing The Moon
Scott Philip Stewart - The Healing of Ryne O'Casey
First Novel: Self-Published
Malcolm Campbell - The Sun Singer
Michael Cowl Gordon - Autobiography of a Georgia Cat
Young Adult: Traditionally Published
Gail Karwoski - Miracle, The True Story of The Wreck of Sea Venture
Debbie Clark - Amberleigh's Christmas Angel
Dennis E. Engleman - Halloween Town

Young Adult:
Lee Alden Wheeler - Bucking the Odds

Picture Book:
Traditionally Published
Babs Bell - The Bridge is Up
Sandra Chastain - KaseyBelle


Gillespie signs deal with Hollywood

Quirky author and Creative Loafing columnist Hollis Gillespie has signed a two-year option with Paramount for TV and film rights. The studio is peddling her oddball life stories to HBO as a TV series. If successful, she'd be executive producer and writer. 

Gillespie, also an NPR commentator, received Hollywood attention after Jay Leno invited her on his show a year ago, intrigued by her first book Bleachy Haired Honky Bitch (Regan Books) which chronicled off-beat vignettes from her past.  

A second collection of Gillespie's stories, dubbed "Confessions of a Recovering Slut and Other Love Stories" is scheduled for release June 28.


Call for Papers
Frank Yerby (Deadline: June 1, 2005)
CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, Volume Three (Deadline: June 30, 2005)
O'Connor and Other Georgia Writers: A Scholarly Conference (Deadline: August 1, 2005)
Humor and Baseball Collection (Deadline: August 15, 2005)
Faulkner and Whiteness (Deadline: September 24, 2005)
Zora Neale Huston Festival (Deadline: none)
Southern Writers' Project (Deadline: none)
Robert Penn Warren Centennial Prize (Deadline: August 15, 2005)
News from Past Issues
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2004: 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01
2003: 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01
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2001: 12 11 10 09 08  07 06 05 04 03 02 01 
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