The winners and finalists of the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) were announced Saturday, June 13th on Facebook Live. There were 110 nominees in 14 categories. You may watch a recording of the announcement here.
We would like to congratulate the GAYA winners and finalists for their outstanding literary achievements.
Please find below a list of the award recipients in order by category.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
You may read author Ann Hite’s tribute to her here.
POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
You may read author Jessica Lindberg’s tribute to him here.
Winner: John D. Duncan & Sandra L. Underwood, The Showy Town of Savannah: The Story of the Architect William Jay
Finalist: David Cady, Religion of Fear: The True Story of the Church of God of the Union Assembly
Winner: Tanya Valentine, Illustrated by Jorge Martin, Little Taco Truck
Finalist: Denene Millner, Illustrated by Gladys Jose, Fresh Princess
Winner: Whitney Otawka, The Saltwater Table: Recipes from The Coastal South
Finalist: Chris Taylor & Paul Arguin, The New Pie: Modern Techniques for the Classic American Dessert
Winner: Brian Panowich, Like Lions
Finalist: Joshilyn Jackson, Never Have I Ever
Winner: Megan Volpert, Boss Broad
Finalist: LaRue Cook, Man in the (Rearview) Mirror: That Time I Left Corporate America, Became an Uber Driver, and Lived to Write About It
Winner: Anissa Gray, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls
Finalist: Jessica Handler, The Magnetic Girl
Winner: G. Wayne Clough, Things New & Strange: A Southerner’s Journey Through the Smithsonian Collections
Finalist: Akila Sankar McConnell, A Culinary History of Atlanta
Winner: Barbara Brown Taylor, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others
Finalist: Carl McColman, Unteachable Lessons: Why Wisdom Can’t Be Taught (And Why That’s Okay)
Winner: Zoe Fishman, Invisible as Air
Finalist: Susan Rebecca White, We Are All Good People Here
Winner: Heather Christle, The Crying Book
Finalist: Jared Yates Sexton, The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Own Making
Winner: Clela Reed, Silk
Finalist: Diana Anhalt, Walking Backward
POETRY FULL-LENGTH BOOK
Winner: Malcolm Tariq, Heed the Hollow
Finalist: Edward Wilson, In a Rich Country
Winner: Tracy Solheim, Shot in the Dark
Finalist: Wendy Wax, My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding
Winner: Nic Stone, Jackpot
Finalist: Laura Silverman, You Asked for Perfect