Literary News E-newsletter

May 2012

May 2012

Writing Our Stories wins 2012 Government Program Innovation Award

Writing Our Stories, a partnership program of the Alabama Writers’ Forum and the Alabama Department of Youth Services, won the State/Regional Government Program Innovation Award at a luncheon on May 10, 2012, at the sixth annual Innovative Alabama Governments Awards at the Renaissance Montgomery. Sponsored by the Auburn University at Montgomery Center for Government, the awards honor select recipients for their use of new and innovative methods to help state, county, and municipal government agencies in Alabama that reach new levels of efficiency and responsiveness.

Photo: Matthew Duke (l) presents the Government Program Innovation Award to Jeanie Thompson and Marlin “Bart” Barton. (photo by Frank C. Williams)



Fannie Flagg receives 2012 Harper Lee Award, namesake attends the award ceremony

Attendees at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville were joined at the annual Harper Lee Award luncheon by an unexpected guest. Nelle Harper Lee, long- time resident of Monroeville and author of the international bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird, attended the conference for the first time in its fifteen year history. Lee came to see Alabama-born author Fannie Flagg receive the award named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize recipient.



First Draft Blogs enlighten & entertain

See what your favorite authors, scholars, and students are musing about in First Draft Blogs. Recent essays include “The Alabama Writers' Forum: A Source of Encouragement for Young Voices” by Emily Cutler in Young Voices; “Murder, He Wrote: Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood by Ralph F. Voss in Miscellany; and “Blue Pen on Yellow Paper: A Pocketful of Advice for Young Writers” by Marlin Barton in Teaching the Craft.



Plan your summer reading with First Draft Reviews Online

Planning a long weekend at the beach? A week in the Smokies? Find the perfect book for your vacation in First Draft Reviews Online. May features reviews of poetry by Hank Lazer and Sue Scalf, nonfiction by Albert Murray with Paul Devlin and Terry Kline Jr., and fiction by David Morgan. Search the archives to find the latest books by your favorite authors. Have a nice trip!



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Alabama Arts Radio brings you outstanding interviews with your favorite authors

Each week on the Alabama Arts Radio Series, staff members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts visit with writers, musicians, visual artists, and other individuals who contribute to our state’s rich artistic traditions. Recent literary interviews include Jack Solomon, Abraham Smith, and Barry Bradford.

Listen Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. on WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery-Troy), WRWA 88.7 (Dothan), and WTJB 91.7 (Columbus-Phenix City). Those farther south may listen Saturdays 2:30-3 p.m. on WHIL 91.3 (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola). Broadcasts are also streamed live and archived on the Web.



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