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Needle Work by Julia Watts is one of 9 finalists in YA Fiction for Foreword Indie. Lock Her Up by Tina Parker was one of eleven finalists for Eric Hoffer’s 2022 Medal Provocateur that recognizes the “best on the frontier of poetry – the experimental, the innovative, the daring and stunning, the impromptu in technique and voice.” The Girl Singer by Marianne Worthington was a finalist for the 2022 Montaigne Medal given to “thought-provoking books. These are books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought.” Where I Can’t Follow by Ashley Blooms has been named one of 12 Spring Reading...

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Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns by William H. Turner – pictured above - won the  Weatherford Award in non-fiction given by the Appalachian Studies Association and Berea College.  My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson won  for fiction, and The Girl Singer by Marianne Worthington won for poetry. Runner-up in nonfiction is Remaking Appalachia: Ecosocialism, Ecofeminism, and Law by Nicholas F. Stump. In fiction they are Call it Horses by Jessie van Eerden and Pop by Robert Gipe. In poetry they are Perfect Black by Crystal Wilkinson and  Back to the Light by George Ella Lyon. My...

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PERFECT BLACK by Crystal Wilkinson – pictured above - has won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry – presented at their 53rd Annual Image Award ceremony. PERFECT BLACK also made Elle magazine's list of 38 Black History Books to read this year. George Ella Lyon was the guest of honor at the bimonthly series from the Library of Congress’s podcast, “The Poet and the Poem,” in the middle of February. A TWILIGHT REEL by Michael Amos Cody is the winner in the short Story category of the Feathered Quill Book Award. WHERE I CAN’T FOLLOW by...

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The 2021 Thomas Robinson Prize for Southern Literature will be presented next April to Barbara Kingsolver (pictured above) who lives on a farm in rural Washington County, Virginia. Last year’s winner was Ron Rash, and the year before went to Fred Chappell. The 2013 winner was Lee Smith. There are so many outstanding books that are set almost entirely in the Southern Appalachian Region or feature characters primarily molded by our region, that I cannot cover books partially set here. But my readers may well want to know that one of the most honored books of 2021 featured the Great...

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The 66th Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for 2021 was presented on December 9th to Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle. It is the first novel by an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to have been published by a major mainstream publisher. My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson made the Time magazine list of the ten best fiction books of 2021.  Publishers Weekly has announced their best books of 2021. They include: Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia by Elizabeth Catte Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd...

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