The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, begun by the University of Georgia Libraries in 2000, will receive a 2011 Governor’s Award in the Humanities Oct. 6 at an annual luncheon.
“We are delighted to learn that the Writers Hall of Fame will be recognized for fostering a greater appreciation of Georgia’s literary culture,” said Dr. P Toby Graham, deputy university librarian.
The UGA Libraries established the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame to recognize Georgia writers, past and present, whose work reflects the character of the state – its land and its people.
The Governor’s Awards in the Humanities luncheon will be held at the Old Georgia Railroad Depot, according to Jamil Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council. Also recognized at the event will be UGA English Professor Judith Ortiz Cofer, who was inducted into the writer’s hall of fame in 2010, and former Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms, inducted in 2009
Calling the induction ceremony an “inspiring occasion,” history professor John Inscoe, editor of the New Georgia Encyclopedia, said the annual program is a very effective motivator to encourage people to “seek out and read these works.”
More information on the program can be found at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/gawriters/.