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March 2019 - News of the Appalachian Literary Scene

March 2019 - News of the Appalachian Literary Scene

Crystal Wilkinson has been awarded a 2019 McKnight Foundation Artists Fellowship for Writing.


Quiver by Julia Watts is a 2018 Foreword INDIES Finalist in Young Adult Fiction.

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro is a finalist in Literary Fiction.


Books with Appalachian connections swept all three categories of the 2019 Southern Book Prize awarded by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance!

The Line That Held Us by David Joy is the fiction winner. Joy lives in Webster, North Carolina, and this book is set in Western North Carolina.

The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg is the non-fiction winner. Bragg was born and raised in Calhoun County, Alabama, the setting for this book.

The winner in the children’s book category is Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Watson Hackl.  Although this book is set in Mississippi, the author currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina.