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The Fitzgerald Museum Announces Its 2019 Literary Prize Winner, Frye Gaillard

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The Fitzgerald Museum Announces Its 2019 Literary

Prize Winner,  Frye Gaillard

Alabama Author to be Celebrated on April 13th at Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL  –  March 18, 2019:  The F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum is proud to announce its fourth annual winner of the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize for Excellence in Writing, acclaimed Alabama author and educator, Frye Gaillard. This award is given as an acknowledgement of his lifetime of work and as a particular nod to his newest work, A Hard Rain (2018 NewSouth Books). The title was given “NPR Great Read of 2018” by National Public Radio.

Frye Gaillard, writer in residence at the University of South Alabama, writes  extensively on southern race relations, politics and culture. He is former Southern Editor at The Charlotte Observer, where he covered Charlotte’s landmark school desegregation controversy, the ill-fated ministry of televangelist Jim Bakker, the funeral of Elvis Presley, and the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Gaillard has written or edited more than twenty-five books, and his award-winning titles include the following: Go South to Freedom, Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement That Changed AmericaThe Dream Long Deferred: The Landmark Struggle for Desegregation in CharlotteNorth CarolinaWatermelon Wine: The Spirit of Country MusicIf I Were a Carpenter: Twenty Years of Habitat for HumanityProphet from Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy; and As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East. Gaillard's by-line has appeared in such publications as The Washington PostThe Oxford American, and the Journal of American History. He has also co-written songs recorded by Nashville artists Anne E. DeChant, Davis Raines, Pamela Jackson, Kathryn Scheldt, and George Hamilton IV. (From

 Previous recipients of the Fitzgerald Museum Literary Prize have been

Alabama authors Kim Cross (2016), Katherine Clark (2017), and Wayne Flynt (2018). Museum leadership will award Mr. Gaillard this year during a special presentation at The Alabama Book Festival at 11AM, Saturday April 13 in the South Tent event venue on the grounds of Old Alabama Town in downtown Montgomery, AL.  At that time Mr. Gaillard will deliver an author’s talk billed as “Remembering the Hopes and Possibilities of the 1960s.”

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