Thursday, March 15, 2012

MFA Greensboro Alum Lynne Barrett Wins Gold at Florida Book Awards

English professor strikes gold at book awards
     by Martin Haro

Congratulations go out to Lynne Barrett
on winning the Gold for General Fiction at the Florida Book Awards,
which every year honors the best work produced by Sunshine State

The English professor will collect her award – which celebrates Magpies,
her latest collection of short stories – at the Florida Heritage Month
2012 awards ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida’s Division of
Cultural Affairs.

Now in its sixth year, the competition honors 17 scribes for their
“clearly demonstrate[d] quality and depth.” Among the authors who will
be feted at the awards presentation is Sen. Bob Graham, who won the bronze in the Popular Fiction category for his Keys to the Kingdom.

“I am delighted and honored that Magpies has been recognized
in this way,” Barrett said. “It’s especially gratifying since I know
that the Florida Book Awards have done so much to bring attention to
Florida writing and writers both within the state and nationally. This
shows Florida’s deep commitment to writing and literacy, to celebrating
our cultural heritage and to encouraging the continued development of an
ongoing rich cultural environment in our state.”

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