Jenny Sadre-Orafai

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2018 GAYA Judge Statements

CHILDREN’S BOOK Judge: Carmen Deedy Finalist: Dan Carlton, Ollie and the Wise Old Owl This delightful story may rightly boast an economy of words. The repetitive nature of the story, along with a surprise ending, make Ollie and the Wise Old Owl a perfect bedtime read for younger children. Winner: Vickie McEntire, Little Bird and
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54th GAYA (2018)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sharan Strange   POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Thomas Lux   Category: CHILDREN’S BOOK Winner: Vickie McEntire, Little Bird & Myrtle Turtle      Finalist: Dan Carlton, Ollie and the Wise Old Owl   Category: DETECTIVE/MYSTERY  Winner: Roger Johns, Dark River Rising  Finalist: Maggie Toussaint, Dadgummit   Category: FIRST NOVEL Winner: Peter McDade, The Weight of Sound 
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54th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards 2018 Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mention

The 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held this past Saturday, June 16th, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center. There were 124 nominees in 13 categories. Over 200 authors and literary enthusiasts attended the banquet and ceremony. We would like to congratulate the GAYA winners, finalists, and honorable mention for their
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54th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet Tickets Available for Purchase

54th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Please join us for the 54th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet Saturday, June 16, 2018 6 PM-9 PM Kennesaw State University Center, Room 400 This year marks the 54th anniversary of the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), the oldest literary award in the
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54th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Nominees

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Award nominees.   CHILDREN’S BOOK   Carla “Rae” Abshire, Andi’s Perfect Toy Illustrated by Kelsey Wilson   Janet Farrar Byington, I Don’t Wanna Wear a Crown! Illustrated by Cheryl Riner Hodge   Dan Carlton, Ollie and the Wise Owl Illustrated by Debbie Byrd   Sarah Cash, Squeaky and
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2018 GAYA Nominations OPEN!

The Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) is hosted by the Georgia Writers Association (GWA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that hosts a variety of events for the local literary communities. From 1964 to 1993, GAYA was hosted by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists, making this award the oldest literary award in the southeast. Since
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53rd GAYA (2017)

LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD: Raymond L. Atkins   POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Judith Ortiz Cofer   Category: BIOGRAPHY Winner: Ted Geltner, Blood, Bone, and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews Finalist: Patricia Bell-Scott, The Firebrand and the First Lady    Category: CHILDREN’S BOOK Winner: Marcia Hawley Barnes, Tobijah    Finalist: Susie Gardner, 1, 2, 3 TEAM!     Category: DETECTIVE/MYSTERY Winner: Trudy Nan Boyce, Out
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2017 GAYA Judge Statements

Category: BIOGRAPHY  Judge: James Taylor Finalist: Patricia Bell-Scott, The Firebrand and the First Lady Opinionated, brilliant, brash, granddaughter of a mulatto slave, untiring civil rights advocate, writer, attorney, and eventually, an Episcopal priest, Pauli Murray’s story remained largely unknown until now. Focusing on Murray’s unlikely and enduring friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt, Patricia Bell-Scott has written
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53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards 2017 Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

The 2017 Georgia Author of the Year Awards was held this past Saturday, June 3, at the Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Center. There were 126 nominees in 14 categories. Over 230 authors and literary enthusiasts attended the banquet and ceremony. We would like to congratulate the GAYA winners, finalists, and honorable mentions for their
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2017 GAYA Tickets Now Available for Purchase

Please join us for the 53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Banquet. Saturday, June 3, 2017 6-9 pm Kennesaw State University Center, Room 400 This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA), the oldest literary award in the Southeast. The awards were first held by the
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