Sunday, April 22, 2007

Southerner Wins American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature!

We know him as the author of Gap Creek! Robert Morgan said of the award it is, "particularly thrilling to me because you're chosen by your fellow writers at the national level, so it's recognition by your peers. It's a very distinguished list."

The press release states, "Morgan's writings include The Truest Pleasure, The Hinterlands, Topsoil Road and the best-selling novel Gap Creek, a 2000 selection of Oprah Winfrey's Book Club. His first major nonfiction work, Boone: A Biography, about the frontiersman Daniel Boone, will be published in October. Morgan's poem "October Crossing" will be in an upcoming issue of Atlantic Monthly, and a short story, "The Distant Blue Hills," will appear this fall in The Southern Review."

I'm particularly overjoyed about the upcoming Daniel Boone Biography. He is one of my childhood heroes! :D


Nyssaneala said...

Hey Maggie -

Just wondering if you might have any book suggestions that take place on Hilton Head (preferably, prior to all the upscale development), or Savannah, Georgia? I'd like to add one to my southern challenge list, since I will be down there in June. I love reading your posts about one of my favorite genres, and enlightening me about many authors I had not heard of!

maggie moran said...

I made you a list of Hilton Head setting books and I highly reccommend Full of Grace.

Have you read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? I believe they still give MitGoGaE tours in Savannah. Loved the book hated the movie! ;D

Leann said...

Oh, I LOVED Gap Creek!!! He is such a magnificent writer... I am really enjoying your posts, btw. :)

maggie moran said...

Leann, me too! Have you tried Tall Woman by Wilma Dykeman? I plan on doing a post on Appalachian Southern authors and books. Thanks for the comment. :)

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Gap Creek. I think I'll add one of his to my Southern Reading Challenge list