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