Pepperfish Keys Audio Book Wins Earphones Award: The unabridged audio book of Pepperfish Keys, the latest book in the Barrett Raines mystery series, was narrated by Dion Graham, who has appeared on "The Wire," "Law and Order" and many other TV shows and movies.
The audio book won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine, which raved: "Dion Graham gives a stellar performance as he moves fluidly through a multicultural cast of characters... When narrator and author are so perfectly matched, the result is nothing short of dazzling."
The King of Colored Town was awarded the Willie Morris Award for Fiction. Here is some more information about the award:
This annual award will honor the author of the best book of fiction set in the Southern United States.
The winning book should reflect, in the words of Willie Morris, "hope for belonging, for belief in a people's better nature, for steadfastness against all that is hollow or crass or rootless or destructive."
The winning novel will be chosen for the quality of its prose, its originality, and for authenticity of setting and characters.
The author will receive $1000, an expense paid trip to New York City, and be a featured lecturer at The Mercantile Library Center for Fiction.
The first award will celebrate a novel published in 2007, and the first lecture took place in October, 2008. Each annual award will be for a novel published the prior calendar year.
The Judges are:
Marion Barnwell, editor and writer.
JoAnne Prichard Morris, editor and writer.
Reba White Williams, art historian and writer.
The sponsors of The Willie Morris Award are Reba White Williams and Dave Williams. The Mercantile Library is presenter of the annual Willie Morris Lecture.
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