Please join us on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Monroeville Community House to honor three Alabamians who have distinguished themselves in Alabama arts and letters.
Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, recipient of the 2018 Harper Lee Award
Michelle Richmond, recipient of the 2018 Truman Capote Award
Dr. David Cowart, recipient of the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award
The gala dinner ticket can be purchased as a stand-alone event, as well as with the conference package. Tables of 8 are offered at a discounted rate. Please contact Coastal Alabama Community College for details about conference or gala tickets (251) 575-8207.
FRIDAY, APRIL 19
Monroe County Museum – Monroeville Community House
- 10:00 am – Wayne Flynt
Dr. David Gowart
Dr. David Cowart, the Louis Fry Scudder Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, has been named the 2018 Current Eugene Garcia Award winner for Distinction in Literary Scholarship by the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama. The award was presented at the 2018 Conference for the Sympathetic Imagination, co-sponsored by Troy University and ACETA this past February,
Born, raised, and educated in Alabama, Dr. Cowart is the author of eight books and more than a hundred articles that have been recognized around the globe for their contribution to the study of literature. According to Stephen Burns of the University of Glasgow, “Across the world, audiences look to Cowart’s scholarship for a reliable guide to what is significant about recent literary productions.” Considered one of the most distinguished scholars on contemporary fiction, he is known particularly for his work on Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo, and he has been called the “greatest living specialist in American fiction.”