The Fellowship of Southern Writers has announced their 2020 Awards: Four of their seven awards went to writers with connections to the Appalachian South.
James Still Award for Writing About the Appalachian South goes to Michael Croley, a native of Corbin, Kentucky, who teaches at Denison University. He is the author of Any Other Place: Stories.
He is pictured above.
The Hillsdale Award for Fiction goes to Wiley Cash. He is writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. His latest novel is The Last Ballad.
The Donald Justice Award for Poetry goes to Frank X. Walker. He teaches at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of several poetry collections, including Affrilachia.
The Woodward-Franklin Award for Historical Writing goes to Dan T. Carter. After a distinguished career at the University of South Carolina, he retired to Brevard, North Carolina. He is the author of Scottsboro: A Tragedy of the American South.
Julia Watts is the Winner of the 2020 Tennessee Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award. TLA honors Watts for her contributions to the pursuit of intellectual freedom and her continued dedication to writing literature for and about LGBTQ youth in Appalachia. She is the author of Quiver.
Young God by Katherine Faw Morris, due to be published in July, is on the Bitter Southerner’s Summer Reading Roundup. It is set in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
The Yonahlossee Riding School for Girls byAnton DiSclafani, due to be published in June, is also on the Bitter Southerner’s Summer Reading Roundup. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Florida.
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is #15 on the June 7th New York Times best seller list in hardback fiction after 32 weeks on the list.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson is #14 on the New York Times trade paperback fiction list after 12 weeks on the list.