2016 Author Highlights

Leonard Pitts, Jr., has won the  the Ernie Pyle Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.  The awards ceremony is set for June 25th. http://www.columnists.com/2015/12/lifetime-achievement-award-goes-to-leonard-pitts/  His latest novel, Grant Park, made “The Prince of Tides” Literary Prize long list of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA).

Deborah Mantella’s novel,  My Sweet Vidalia, made the same SIBA list, while Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom, the photo-essay by Alysia Burton Steele, was a contender for SIBA’s “The Death of Santini” Nonfiction Prize. http://www.sibaweb.com/

Trice Hickman’s latest effort, Deadly Satisfaction, a “Dangerous Love” novel, released early this year, was declared a top pick by Romance Times Book Reviews.  http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/deadly-satisfaction

Stella by Starlight, Sharon M. Draper’s latest middle grade fiction, recently won the National Council of Teachers of Education (NCTE)’s Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children. http://www.ncte.org/awards/charlotte-huck.  The book is also the 2016 winner of the Antioch University Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award. http://www.antiochla.edu/2016/03/02/sharon-draper-wins-2016-horace-mann-upstanders-book-award      

Meanwhile, Draper’s previous middle grade novel, Out of My Mind, first released in 2010, has now attracted translation deals in 20 different languages.