Friday, May 2, 2008

Georgia Books & Water: Renee Dodd & River of Words

2008 Townsend Prize for Fiction

Belated congratulations to author Renee Dodd on her being chosen for the 2008 Townsend Prize for Fiction. Ms. Dodd received the award last week at a ceremony held at the Old Courthouse in Decatur, Georgia. The Award is sponsored by the Writer’s Institute at Georgia Perimeter College, and is given in honor of Atlanta Magazine founder Jim Townsend. The presenting sponsor for the award is the Georgia Center for the Book.

Ms. Dodd won the award for her debut novel, A Cabinet of Wonders, which tells the story of a traveling sideshow in rural, 1920’s Georgia. She had some pretty stiff competition, too. Pearl Cleage, Karin Slaughter, Terry Kay, Jim Grimsley, Jack Pendarvis, Sheri Joseph, Bob Cupp, Greg Johnson, and Nathan McCall.

Miss Dodd teaches creative writing at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. She is also the granddaughter of Georgia Tech football legend, Bobby Dodd. She is working on her second novel.

The Townsend Prize is a biannual award presented to a Georgia author judged to have published the best work of fiction during the previous two years.

The 2008 Townsend Prize couldn’t have gone to a nicer person. Congratulations Ms. Dodd.

River of Words

On Sunday, May 4, beginning at 2:00 PM, the Georgia Center for the Book, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Project WET, and the Chattahoochee Nature Center will be presenting the winners of this year’s “River of Words” poetry and visual arts competition. The program will feature hundreds of works of art and written works produced by Georgia school children from grades 4 through 12, all depicting environmental, conservation, and water resource themes.

For more information, contact the Georgia Center for the Book at 404.370.8450, ext. 2225, or the Chattahoochee Nature Center at 770.992.2055. Or visit their websites at left.

Recommended reads:

A Cabinet of Wonder of Wonders by Renee Dodd

Any of the works by this year’s Townsend Prize nominees

River Song by Joe and Monica Cook


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