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AWARDS & COMMENDATIONS
Congratulations to Jesmyn Ward, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, whose National Book Award-winning novel, SALVAGE THE BONES, was chosen as one of the 2013 WORLD BOOK NIGHT (US) selections.
Congratulations to Nicole Amare, whose book A Unified Theory of Information Design:  Visuals, Text, and Ethics (coauthored with Alan Manning) was just published by Baywood; Carolyn Haines (writing as R. B. Chesterton), whose novel The Darkling was just published by Pegasus; and Justin St. Clair, whose book Sound and Aural Media in Postmodern Literature: Novel Listening was just published by Routledge.
Congratulations to Dr. Sue Walker, who is the recipient of the 2013 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship.  This award, created by the Alabama College English Teachers Association, recognizes a scholar who has made major and sustained contributions to literary study in the state of Alabama.  Dr. Walker will officially  receive the award at the Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville, Alabama, which takes place April 25-27.
Congratulations to Dr. Annmarie Guzy, who has been selected by Faculty Senate as one of the top 50 faculty members at USA (1963-2013).  She will be formally honored as an Outstanding USA Faculty Member during the university's 50th Anniversary celebration on May 3.
Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Raczkowski, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, who has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Chris will be on leave in the spring of 2014.
Congratulations to Jesmyn Ward, whose National Book Award-winning novel, Salvage the Bones, has been named one of The New York Times "100 Notable Books of 2012." See the complete list here.
Congratulations to University of South Alabama Writer-in-Residence Frye Gaillard on winning the prestigous 2012 Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing.
Congratulations to Jesmyn Ward, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama. Her novel, Salvage the Bones, winner of the 2011 National Book Award for fiction, was reviewed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review on January 1, 2012. Read the review here.
Congratulations to Dr. John Halbrooks, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, who has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2012-2013 academic year.  John, who will be on leave in fall 2012, will spend his semester-long sabbatical developing his book project on the concept of heroism in medieval literature.
Congratulations to Carolyn Haines, Assistant Professor of English and Fiction Coordinator at the University of South Alabama. Her novel, Bones of a Feather, has been named one of the top books of 2011 by Suspense Magazine.
Congratulations to Jesmyn Ward, Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, on winning the 2011 National Book Award. Her second novel, Salvage the Bones, beat out four other finalists to take the nation’s most prestigious literary prize. Please visit http://www.nationalbook.org/ for details.
Dr. Sue Brannon Walker, Alabama's Poet Laureate and Director of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama, has been selected by the Library of Congress to give a reading at noon, Feb., 15, at the Library of Congress. The reading will be held in the Whittall Pavilion on the ground level of the library at 10 First St., S.E., in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. This reading session centers on "Love Poems" and will also feature Michael Salcman and Michele Wolf.
Congratulations to Dr. Becky McLaughlin, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, who has been awarded a sabbatical for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Becky, who will be on leave in spring 2011, will spend her semester-long sabbatical revising her book project, Chaucer's Cut.
Fiction Coordinator Carolyn Haines was awarded a Lovey Award for best short story at the 2010 Love is Murder conference in Chicago, IL. The award winning story, "The Sugar Cure," appeared in Delta Blues.
Congratulations to Dr. Cris Hollingsworth and Dr. Ellen Harrington, who were both awarded sabbaticals for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Cris, who will be on leave in fall 2010, will be pursuing research and writing towards his monograph on Lewis Carroll.  Ellen will use her spring 2011 leave to advance her book-length study of Joseph Conrad.
Congratulations to Fiction Coordinator Carolyn Haines, who has been chosen by the Alabama Writers' Forum as the 2010 recipient of the Harper Lee Award, given annually to Alabama's Distinguished Writer of the Year.  This is just the latest in a string of honors that have come Carolyn's way.  Her new novel, Bone Appetit, will be released in July by Minotaur Books.

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