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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Townsend Prize to be announced at Botanical Garden

Ann Beattie
After months of anticipation since the announcement of finalists, the 2012 Townsend Prize will be awarded at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Thurs., April 26. The biennial award is given to a work of fiction published by a Georgia in the previous two year. It comes with a $2,000 award and a silver tray that would probably be great for serving tea like good Southern people do.

The ceremony tomorrow evening will be classed up by a keynote address from Ann Beattie. After remarks from that rather iconic master of the short form, a winner will be announced from the following nominees:

Daniel Black for Perfect Peace, St Martin’s Press

Lynn Cullen for Reign Of Madness, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Ann Hite for Ghost On Black Mountain, Gallery Books

Joshilyn Jackson for Backseat Saints, Grand Central Publishing

Collin Kelley for Remain In Light, Vanilla Heart Publishing

Thomas Mullen for The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, Random House

Andrew Plattner for A Marriage Of Convenience, BkMk Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Josh Russell for My Bright Midnight, Louisiana State University Press

Joseph Skibell for A Curable Romantic, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill

Amanda Kyle Williams for The Stranger You Seek, Bantam Books

If you're looking to brush up with Ann Beattie, you could do worse than turn to this recent interview with ArtsATL.

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