Five new members, including the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, will be inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Nov. 7 at the University of Georgia Libraries.
The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. This year’s honorees include humorist Roy Blount Jr., novelist Brainard Cheney, social activist Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, short-story writer James Alan McPherson and journalist Bill Shipp.
“The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events are always a highlight of the year for the UGA Libraries,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “We consider it a privilege to recognize the contributions of Georgia writers to the world of literature and beyond.”
Events begin Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. when humorist Roy Blount Jr. will speak on “Where I’m Coming From.” An author who currently serves as a regular panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” among Blount’s many notable accomplishments, he is ex-president of the Authors Guild, a member of PEN and the Fellowship of Southern Authors, a usage consultant to the American Heritage Dictionary, and an original member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, the all-star band featuring Dave Barry, Stephen King, and other notable authors. Blount comes from Decatur and currently divides his time between western Massachusetts, New York City and New Orleans. The author of 26 books, Blount is also a regular contributor to Garden and Gun magazine and his essays, articles, verses and even drawings have appeared in 171 different periodicals.
A reception will conclude the evening. All events are open free to the public.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame events are part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival celebrating the visual, literary and performing arts at UGA.
Georgia Writers Hall of Fame: http://www.georgiawritershalloffame.org/edu/
Spotlight on the Arts: http://arts.uga.
Biographical information is available at: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/