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 outstanding literary achievements.
Please find below a list of the award recipients in order by category.
LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT AWARD: Raymond L. Atkins
POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Judith Ortiz Cofer
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!
Winner: Trudy Nan Boyce, Out of the Blues
Finalist: Carole Townsend, Blood in the Soil
Winner: Kathy A. Bradley, Wondering Toward Center
Finalist: Raymond L. Atkins, South of the Etowah: The View from the Wrong Side of the River
Category: FIRST NOVEL
Winner: Gray Stewart, Haylow
Finalist: Anne Corbitt, Rules for Lying
Winner: Kaye Lanning Minchew, A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia
Finalist: Dan A. Aldridge, Jr., To Lasso the Clouds: The Beginning of Aviation in Georgia.
Winner: R. Kirby Godsey, The God Particle: God Talk in a “Big Bang” World
Finalist: J. Steve Miller, Faith That’s Not Blind: A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Arguments for the Existence of God
Winner: Jane K. Ashley, Cancer: The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Finalist: Barry Pencek: The Millennial’s Guide to Wealth: Learn About Saving, Investing, Spending and Living While Drinking Beer
Category: LITERARY FICTION
Winner: Julia Franks, Over the Plain Houses
Finalist: Terry Kay, The King Who Made Paper Flowers
Honorable Mention: Ann Hite, Sleeping Above Chaos
Winner: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell, March
Finalist: Susan Lindsley, Possum Cops, Poachers and the Counterfeit Game Warden
Honorable Mention: Molly Brodak, Bandit: A Daughter’s Memoir
Winner: Sandra Meek, An Ecology of Elsewhere
Finalist: James Davis May, Unquiet Things
Winner: Susan Sands, Love, Alabama
Finalist: Marilyn Baron, Stumble Stones
Category: SPECIALTY BOOK
Winner: Sonny Seals and George S. Hart, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia
Finalist: Judson Mitcham, Michael David Murphy, and Karen L. Paty, Inspired Georgia
Category: YOUNG ADULT
Winner: Marsha Mathews, Growing Up With Pigtails