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Press Author Awarded Author of The Year Award
June 22, 2004


Mercer University Press author Amy Blackmarr was presented with the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the category of Essay for her book Above the Fall Line: The Trail from White Pine Cabin on June 12th at the Robert Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus in Atlanta.
The presentation was made at the 40th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards Dinner hosted by Georgia Tech's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts; the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture; the Margaret T. and Henry C. Bourne, Jr. Chair in Poetry and the H. Bruce McEver Visiting Chair in Writing.
White Pine Cabin, a hut barely big enough to turn around in, becomes the setting for Blackmarr's searing self-examination as she tells the stories that have led her so far inward and works out a trail back toward a happier connection with herself, the land, her God and the people in her world.
Amy Blackmarr is a South Georgia native who lived in the Midwest for 20 years. She is best known for her nature essays set in the rustic houses she lived in. Her essays have been broadcast on Georgia Gazette, a weekly features show on the Georgia Public Radio Network, as well as Up to Date, a weekly news show on Kansas City's NPR affiliate. She is a Madison Self Fellow, with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas, and presently lives in the North Georgia mountains.
Above the Fall Line: The Trail from White Pine Cabin was published by Mercer University Press in 2003. Other nominees for best book in the category of essay included A National Party No More by Zell Miller, The Turn Around Mom by Carey Sipp, and Freedom by Michael Thurmond.
Mercer University Press, entering its 25th year, has published more than 1,000 books. Operated by a 10-member staff, the press publishes more than 40 books annually, primarily on subjects of history, philosophy, religion and Southern studies.
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