Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bobbie Ann Mason in Montgomery, Troy

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Bobbie Ann Mason (courtesy of Troy University, Montgomery Campus)

Bobbie Ann Mason to read in Montgomery,Troy

Influential Southern novelist Bobbie Ann Mason has been named the latest recipient of the Hall-Waters Prize, presented by Troy University. Mason will be honored by Troy during events at the Montgomery and Troy campuses March 28-29.

On Wednesday, March 28, Mason will read from her latest novel, The Girl in the Blue Beret, at the Montgomery Campus inside the Gold Room in Whitley Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Alabama Writers' Forum. Books will be available for signing.

On Thursday, March 29, Mason will be honored on the Troy Campus at a luncheon sponsored by the Troy English departments. At 4 p.m. a special taping of the Alabama Public Television program Bookmark will be held in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, followed by a Q&A session with the author. This event is free and open to the public, although seating is limited to the first 120 people.

Mason is the author of five novels, five short-story collections, a memoir, and a biography of Elvis Presley for Penguin Publishing's popular Lives series. Her 1980 New Yorker debut, "Shiloh" (1980), remains one of the most anthologized short stories in contemporary American literature, and her 1985 novel, In Country, dealing with the after effects of the Vietnam War, is considered a classic.

The Hall-Waters Prize is endowed by Troy alumnus Dr. Wade Hall as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature, or the arts.

For questions about any of the upcoming events, contact Dr. Kirk Curnutt, chair of the Montgomery Campus Department of English, at 334-241-9701 or


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