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June News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

June News from the Appalachian Literary Scene

In their June 21st edition, Publishers Weekly’s Fall 2021 Announcements included Make Me Rain: Poems and Prose by Nikki Giovanni (pictured) as a top 10 selection in Poetry,

English Lit by Bernard Clay was one of the additional poetry books recognized.

The Taking of Jemima Boone: Colonial Settlers, Tribal Nations and the Kidnap that Shaped a Nation by Matthew Pearl achieved a top 10 rating in history.

In Literary Fiction, My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson was one of the books selected.

In Politics and Current Events, Quiet Zone; Unraveling the Mystery of a Town Suspended in Silence by Stephen Kurczy was also recognized.


The American Bookseller’s Association’s Indie Next list for July includes six newly reprinted items. Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi is one of the six.


The Independent Publisher Book Awards – nation-wide for 2020 - have been announced:

Charles Dodd White won the Gold Award in Best Regional Fiction: South for How Fire Runs  from Swallow Press.

Megan Denton Ray won a tie for the Gold Award in Poetry-Standard for Mustard, Milk and Gin from Hub City Press

George Singleton won a tie for the Silver Award in Short Story Fiction for You Want More from Hub City Press

Kiki Petrosino won a tie for silver in Poetry-Standard for White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia from Sarabande Books

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle won the Bronze Award in literary fiction for Even As We Breathe from the University Press of Kentucky.

Jim Casada won the Bronze Award in Best Region Non-Fiction: Southeast for A Smoky Mountain Boyhood: Memories, Musings, and More from the University of Tennessee Press.


The French edition of Renea Winchester’s novel, Outbound Train, De L’autre Cote des Rails, has been recommended for summer reading by the southwest France bookstore, Plein Soleil.