Two announcements this past week indicated yet again the extraordinary amount of quality literature that emerges from Western North Carolina. First, the WNC Historical Association announced that Ron Rash has won this year's Thomas Wolfe Literary Award for his collection, Chemistry and Other Stories. Rash, who teaches at Western Carolina University, has recently been winning national attention and acclaim for his novel Serena, which has just been published.
Also, it was announced that Asheville Citizen-Times writer Dale Neal has won the 2008 Novello Literary Award from the Novello Festival Press in Charlotte. This honor goes to an unpublished manuscript, which is then scheduled for publication by the press, with a $1000 advance being awarded to the author. Dale is a longtime friend and customer of Accent on Books (he wrote a Citizen-Times article about the store earlier this year), so we are delighted that he has received this honor. His manuscript -- which is his first novel -- is titled, Cow Across America.
Congratulations to these two fine authors. Ron Rash's books are all available at Accent on Books, and you can be sure Dale's will be as well, as soon as it's published.