53rd Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards  2017 Winners, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions

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 […]

52nd GAYA (2016)

52nd GAYA (2016)

Children’s Book Winner: Malcolm Mitchell, The Magician’s Hat Children’s Book Finalist: Jamie Bobo, The Birthday Candle Detective/Mystery Winner: Linda Sands, 3 Women Walk into a Bar Detective/Mystery Finalist: Cliff Yeargin, Hoochy Koochy: A Jake Eliam ChickenBone Mystery First Novel Winner: Alexandra Curry, The Courtesan First Novel Finalist: Brian Panowich, Bull Mountain History/Biography Winner: Leonard Ray […]

51st GAYA (2015)

51st GAYA (2015)

Biography Winner: Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907 by Carolyn Newton Curry Biography Finalist: To Make a Difference by James T. McAffee, Jr. Children’s Book Winner: Little Pearl’s Circus World by Charmain Zimmerman Brackett Children’s Book Finalist: Summers at Howard Creek by Gloria Ludlam Bennett Detective/Mystery Winner: Wasted by […]

50th GAYA (2014)

50th GAYA (2014)

First Novel Victoria Wilcox Inheritance Fiction Novel Raymond Atkins Camp Redemption Poetry Robert E. Wood The Awkward Poses of Others Biography Jim Elledge Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Tragic Life on an Outsider Artist Inspirational-Religious David P. Gushee The Sacredness of Human Life: Why an Ancient Biblical Vision is Key to the World’s Future Inspirational-Secular […]

49th GAYA (2013)

49th GAYA (2013)

First Novel Kimberly Brock The River Witch Novel June Hall McCash Plum Orchard Poetry Dan Veach Elephant Water Biography Joseph Crespino Strom Thurmond’s America Inspirational – Religious J. Steve Miller Near Death Experiences as Evidence for the Existence of God and Heaven Inspirational – Secular Patricia Martin Holt Committee of One: Making a Difference, One […]

48th GAYA (2012)

48th GAYA (2012)

First Novel Ann Hite Ghost on Black Mountain Fiction Man Martin Paradise Dogs Poetry Alice Friman Vinculum: Poems Biography Jaclyn Weldon White The Greatest Champion that Never Was: The Life of W.L. “Young” Stribling Inspirational Tom Scales Terrible Things Happened to Me: A True Story of Violence & Victory Memoir Nancy Stephan Truth About Butterflies […]

47th GAYA (2011)

47th GAYA (2011)

First Novel June Hall McCash Almost to Eden Fiction Joshilyn Jackson Backseat Saints Poetry Phillip Lee Williams The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram Biography Larry L. McSwain Loving Beyond Your Theology:The Life and Ministry of Jimmy Raymond Allen Inspirational Justin Spizman and Robyn Spizman Don’t Give Up…Don’t Ever Give Up Memoir D. […]

46th GAYA (2010)

46th GAYA (2010)

Creative nonfiction—Biography James L. Hunt Relationship Banker: Eugene W. Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business 1916-1959.  Creative nonfiction—Essay Anita Renfroe Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You: Kids, Carbs, and the Coming Hormone Apocalypse Fiction Philip Lee Williams The Campfire Boys First Novel Amanda C. Gable The Confederate General Rides North Creative nonfiction—History Polly Cooper and […]

45th GAYA (2009)

45th GAYA (2009)

First Novel Ray Atkins The Front Porch Prophet Fiction Jack Riggs The Fireman’s Wife Poetry Ed Pavlic The Winners Have Yet to Be Announced Children’s Picture Book Gail Langer Karwoski River Beds Children’s Mid Reader Pamela Bauer Mueller Aloha Crossing Young Adult Ted Dunagan The Yellow Watermelon   Creative Non-Fiction Essay Kathryn McClymond Beyond Sacred […]

44th GAYA (2008)

44th GAYA (2008)

First Novel Man Martin Days of Endless Corvette [Carroll & Graff] Fiction Terry Kay The Book of Marie [Mercer] Poetry Turner Cassity Devils & Islands:Poems [Swallow Press] Children’s Picture Book Grady Thrasher Tim and Sally’s Vegetable Garden [Hill Street Press] Children’s Mid Reader Shelia Moses Sallie Gal and the Wall-a-kee Man [Scholastic, Inc.] Young Adult Pamela Bauer […]

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