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 Bren McClain with Dave Williams and Reba White Williams, sponsors of the award

Bren McClain with Dave Williams and Reba White Williams, sponsors of the award

This year’s Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction goes to Bren McClain for her novel, ONE GOOD MAMA BONE. Bren was honored at a reception at the NYC Yacht Club.

 Sue Monk Kidd, me, and Ann Kidd Taylor

Sue Monk Kidd, me, and Ann Kidd Taylor

Head on over here, to my Q&A, where Bren talks about her rocky but rewarding path to published novelist.

Along with a $10,000 cash prize, the Willie Morris Award includes an expense-paid trip to NYC and reception.

This year, a short list of finalists included Bren, along with three other writers, as I posted about earlier.

One of those writers, J.C. Sasser, a friend of Bren’s, attended the reception.

And congratulations to Ann Kidd Taylor, who received special recognition for her novel THE SHARK CLUB.

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Pictured here, an ad announcing the winner in the New York Times Book Review

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