Web Sites about the Townsend Prize
Atlanta Magazine. http://www.atlantamagazine.com/
Since 1961, Atlanta magazine has served as the authority on Atlanta, providing its monthly readers with a mix of long-form nonfiction, lively lifestyle coverage, in-depth service journalism, and literary essays, columns, and profiles.
The Chattahoochee Review.
The Chattahoochee Review. http://thechattahoocheereview
he Chattahoochee Review is a literary journal sponsored by Georgia Perimeter College. Appearing regularly since 1981, we appeal to the educated general public for our readership and over the years have expanded our focus to include both international readers and writers.
Georgia Center for the Book.
Georgia Center for the Book.
The Georgia Center for the Book is the state affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The Center, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008, was chartered in early 1998 with the DeKalb County Public Library serving as its host and sponsor. The Center’s mission is the support of libraries, literary programs and literature, particularly Georgia’s rich literary heritage.
Townsend Prize for Fiction.
Georgia Perimeter College. http://depts.gpc.edu/
Georgia’s oldest and most prestigious literary award, created in memory of James “Jim” L. Townsend. Founding editor of Atlanta magazine, Townsend was an early mentor to some of the state’s most lauded men and women of letters including Pat Conroy, Terry Kay, William Diehl, and Anne Rivers Siddons, The Townsend, as it has affectionately become known, is presented biennially to a Georgia writer who has published an outstanding work of fiction during the preceding two years.
Townsend Prize Finalists' Web Sites
Amber Dermont's Facebook Page
Dermont, Amber. https://www.facebook.com/
A page to promote Ms. Dermont's first and latest novel, The Starboard Sea. The page lists her appearances, links to reviews, and comments by fans and/or friends.
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Jackson, Joshilyn http://www.joshilynjackson.com
She is the author of five novels: gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat Saints, and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.
Charles McNair: Author.
McNair, Charles. http://charlesmcnairauthor.com/
Charles McNair, a native of the Yellowhammer State of Alabama, released his first novel, Land O’ Goshen, to critical acclaim. Land O’ Goshen was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1994. His long-awaited second novel, Pickett’s Charge, published in September 2013 from the University of West Alabama’s Livingston Press.
A True Story.
Russell, Josh. http://josh-russell.blogspot.com/
Josh Russell's novels are Yellow Jack (W.W. Norton, 1999), My Bright Midnight (LSU Press/Yellow Shoe Fiction, 2010) and A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag (Dzanc Books, 2012), and his chapbook of very short prose is Pretend You'll Do It Again (Greying Ghost Press, 2011). He's the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Prose, the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal for Literary Fiction, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel.
White, Susan Rebecca.
White, Susan Rebecca. http://susanrebeccawhite.com/
: Born and raised in Atlanta, Susan Rebecca White is one of Paste magazine’s "10 Authors from Georgia You Should Read Now."
Williams, Philip Lee
Philip Lee Williams
Williams, Philip Lee http://philipleewilliams.com/
Philip Lee Williams is the author of 17 books, including 12 novels, three works of non-fiction, and two volumes of poetry. His books have been published by such presses as W. W. Norton, Random House, Grove Press, Ballantine, Dell, Viking/Penguin, and Mercer University Press, as well a number of other smaller presses.
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Books by Townsend Prize Finalists
The Starboard Sea. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Call Number: Dunwoody PS3604.E75455 S73 2012
Devastated by the suicide of his prep-school roommate and disdaining the trappings of his affluent Manhattan life, Jason transfers to another school and bonds with a troubled classmate whose subsequent death compels Jason to uncover the truth, in a tale set against a backdrop of the 1987 stock market collapse.
Backseat Saints. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2010.
Call Number: PS3610.A3525 B33 2010
After a gypsy predicts that Rose's violent husband will kill her, Rose grabs a gun and her dog Gretel and sets out on a cross-country escape, following messages that her missing mother has left for her and unraveling family secrets.
Between Georgia. New York: Warner Books, 2006.
Call Number: PS3610.A3525 B48 2006
Unduly familiar with choosing between sides throughout her lifetime, Nonny Frett finds herself once again caught in the middle between an escalating family feud that began before her birth and the realization of her own dreams.
The Girl who Stopped Swimming. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2008.
Call Number: PS3610.A3525 G57 2008
Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--until everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne.
Gods in Alabama. New York: Warner Books, 2005.
Call Number: PS3610.A3525 G63 2005
When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene's door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene's break with her former hometown is forced to an end.
A Grown Up Kind of Pretty. New York: Grand Central Pub., 2012.
Call Number: PS3610.A3525 G76 2012
A novel that follows a young woman's search for the truth about who her mother really is.
Someone Else's Love Story. New York: HarperCollins, 2013.
Call Number: PS3610.A3525 S66 2013
At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son. Shandi doesn't know that her blond god Thor has his own complications.
Pickett's Charge: A Novel. Livingston, AL: Livingston Press, 2013.
Call Number: PS3563.C38777 P53 2013
A comedy, a tragedy. Threadgill Pickett, veteran of the Civil War, breaks out from an Alabama old folks home and starts a quest northward to kill the last living Union Soldier. This is to avenge his brother, who was needlessly killed by Union soldiers, outside of any conflict. On his journey Threadgill encounters two brothers building a time machine, a trio of Klu Kluxers, a man collecting raccoons that turn out to be rabid, a wannabe country singer, and a truck-driving woman to make men stand in awe. He also encounters a Utopian society of blacks and whites who share family, food, love, and grief.
I Want to Show You More: Stories. . New York: Grove Press, 2013.
Call Number: In Process PS3617.U38 I23 2013
A collection of short fiction offers a disquieting portrait of infidelity, faith, and family.
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A True History of the Captivation, Transport to Strange Lands, & Deliverance of Hannah Guttentag. Westland, MI: Dzanc Books, 2012.
Call Number: PS3568.U76677 T78 2012
Like the Puritan-era narratives she studies, Hannah Guttentag's early-1990s narrative is a chronicle of her life.
Stray: A Novel. San Francisco: MacAdam/Cage Pub., 2006.
Call Number: PS3610.O67 S77 2006
Thirty-year-old Kent McKutcheon has come to Atlanta with little ambition beyond his earnest desire to grow up and be a good person. But after a year of contented, stable existence with his Mennonite wife, Maggie, a defense attorney with a passion for social justice, Kent cannot quiet his longing for Paul, the lover who abandoned him three years before. When an accidental meeting revives their affair, the infatuation they’ve kept private soon threatens to destroy the public persona each man has created.
Where You Can Find Me. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.
Call Number: In Process PS3610.O67 W47 2013b
When her son is recovered three years after his abduction, a mother flees the country with the boy and his sister to live with her former mother-in-law in a hotel where she uncovers the mystery of the boy's lost years.
White, Susan Rebecca.
A Place at the Table. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Call Number: PS3623.H57896 P58 2013
The lives of an ostracized gay Southern boy, a wealthy Connecticut woman, and an African-American chef converge in a chic Manhattan cafe?, in a tale ranging from 1920s North Carolina to the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and the present day.
Booker, Cedella Marley and Anthony C. Winkler.
Bob Marley: My Son. Landham, MD: Taylor Trade Pub., 2003.
Call Number: ML420.M3313 B65 2003
The mother of the reggae pioneer tells the story of her son in a memoir of life with this icon of world music, detailing her son's involvement with Rastafarianism, the women in Marley's life, his rise to success, and his battle with cancer.
Winkler, Anthony C.
The Duppy. New York: Akashic Books, 2008.
Call Number: PS3573.I53218 D86 2008
Baps, a Jamaican shopkeeper, drops dead unexpectedly one Saturday morning and finds himself being transported to heaven via a crowded minibus. Everything about Paradise that he had been raised to expect and believe, he finds to be utterly and completely wrong.
Williams, Philip Lee.
Emerson's Brother: A Novel. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2012.
Call Number: PS3573.I45535 E46 2012
Few people know that Ralph Waldo Emerson had a mentally challenged brother. Now, in a deeply moving novel in letters, noted writer Philip Lee Williams imagines the last year of this brother's sad but transcendent life as he lives with a farm family in Massachusetts.
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