Thursday, July 14, 2011

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes

JOHN OLIVER KILLENS has just won an American Book Award, which comes on the heels of being named an Honor Book for Nonfiction by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The book is also longlisted for the 2011 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.

The American Library Association and the Association of American University Presses recently released its annual University Press Books for Public and Secondary Schools Libraries listing. GHOSTBREAD and JACK LONDON, PHOTOGRAPHER were both singled out as two of a handful of books known as the "Best of the Best."

CROSSROADS OF CONFLICT has been given an Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History, and John Burrison has been honored with a Georgia Author of the Year Award for FROM MUD TO JUG. Three more of our authors were also honored alongside Burrison: Terry Kay for lifetime achievement, and Philip Lee Williams and June Hall McCash for worthy projects from other publishers.

Congratulations are also due to Janisse Ray. We'll be publishing DRIFTING INTO DARIEN in September; in the meantime, Ray has won a Southern Independent Booksellers Association Book Award for her poetry volume A House of Branches. We've just heard as well that Gina Ochsner, who published her short-story collection THE NECESSARY GRACE TO FALL with us, has won a Grub Street Book Prize for
her novel The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight.