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Poet Frank X Walker receives Transylvania University’s 2020 Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Frank X Walker, a former Kentucky poet laureate and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, is this year’s winner of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his “Last Will, Last Testament.” The award has recognized outstanding works by writers in the Appalachian region since 2015. The public is invited to join the campus community March 17 at 5 p.m. in Carrick Theater as Walker...

Renowned Kentucky author Silas House wins Transylvania’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award

Renowned Kentucky author Silas House has received Transylvania University’s 2019 Judy Gaines Young Book Award for his novel, “Southernmost.” The annual award recognizes outstanding recent works by writers in the Appalachian region. House will give a free, public reading from “Southernmost” on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Transylvania’s Carrick Theater. Reserve tickets here. Silas HouseA New...

Author Crystal Wilkinson wins two Appalachian book awards for The Birds of Opulence

University Press of Kentucky author Crystal Wilkinson’s novel The Birds of Opulence has been named the winner of the 2016 Weatherford Award for Fiction and the 2017 Judy Gaines Young Book Award. Both of these awards are for books from the Appalachian region. These recognitions come on the heels of Wilkinson winning the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence which recognizes rising African-American...

Silas House names winner of Transylvania University’s inaugural Young literary award

  Author Silas House selected a fast-paced Kentucky mystery as the inaugural winner of Transylvania University’s Judy Gaines Young Book Award, which honors a work from the Appalachian region.   Silas House (Photo provided) The Next Time You See Me, the debut novel from Holly Goddard Jones, chronicles a woman’s disappearance in a rural Kentucky town and the secrets its residents are keeping.   “I...