Atlanta, Ga.Emory creative writing professor Xuefei Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, has been nominated for the 1999 National Book Award for fiction, the National Book Foundation announced Wednesday, Oct. 13. Jin's debut novel, "Waiting," released by Pantheon Books on Oct. 4, is one of only five finalists for the prestigious award. The winner will be announced at a gala event in New York Nov. 17 hosted by comedian and actor Steve Martin. For more information on the awards and gala, go to the foundation web site at www.nationalbook.org.
Emory Professor Receives Lillian Smith Book Award for Biography of John Hope, Pioneer of Black Higher Education in America
Atlanta, Ga.The decade of work that went into Leroy Davis' book "A Clashing of the Soul," a biography of John Hope, has been rewarded with a 1999 Lillian Smith Book Award from the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in recognition of outstanding writing about the American South. Davis, associate professor of history and African American studies at Emory, has created a seminal work on Hope, the Augusta-born president of both Morehouse College and Atlanta University, and contemporary of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Hope was the first African American president of both institutions and was a pioneer in higher education for black Americans. The award recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Sheraton Colony Square in Atlanta, followed by readings and book signings. The readings will be at 3:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets to the luncheon, call 404-522-8764 ext. 24.
Emory College, Emory Scholars, Film Studies Present International Film Festival Sept. 22-Nov. 17
Atlanta, Ga.Emory College will offer a festival of new international films from Sept. 22-Nov. 17 to inaugurate the university's new state-of-the-art facilities following an overhaul of the principle undergraduate teaching spaces in White Hall. Renovations included significant upgrades in audiovisual equipment.
Malcolm X Collection Sparks Interest From Scholars and the Public
Atlanta, Ga,Emory's recent acquisition of correspondence and personal effects from the slain civil rights activist Malcolm X has generated so much interest from the public that a portion of the collection has been put on immediate display. A story about the collection that appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday, Sept. 2 sparked requests from media, scholars and members of the public from across the country in seeing the materials. The Malcolm X exhibit is located in special collections of the Robert Woodruff Library (540 Asbury Circle). Special collections is open from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information about the exhibition, call 404-727-6887. A campus map is available at http://www.emory.edu/MAP/. To see CNN's coverage of Emory's Malcolm X collection, go to http://www.cnn.com/US/9909/08/malcolm.x.papers.ap/.
Emory's Creative Writing Program Hosts Annual Summer Writers' Festival
Atlanta, Ga, Emory University's Creative Writing Program will host its annual Summer Writers' Festival July 20-22 that will feature readings and a panel discussion by writers Jim Shepard, Kevin Young, Beth Lordan and Mark Jarman. Author Judson Mitcham, director of Emory's Summer Writers' Institute, will moderate the panel discussion. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-4683.
Atlanta, Ga, Aspiring and practicing authors interested in honing their fiction writing skills will be interested in attending Emory University's Summer Writers' Institute on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 28-Aug. 5. Presented by Emory's Creative Writing Program, the summer session is a fiction workshop conducted by award-winning novelist and poet Judson Mitcham designed to develop and sharpen the writer's skills as editor of his or her own work. Participants must apply through the Office of Admissions by Friday, May 28. To request an application, call 404-727-6036.
Atlanta, Ga, Emory University Assistant Professor of English/creative writing Xuefei Jin, who writes under the name Ha Jin, has been awarded a coveted 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship to complete work on a novel in progress. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 179 grants from a pool of 2,785 applicants to provide scholars and artists the means to engage in research or the creation of art with complete freedom. Jin, who joined the Emory faculty in 1993, is one of fewer than a dozen writers who were awarded grants this year. The 1999 grants are worth $33,866 each and will allow Jin to take a year of leave from his teaching duties to complete his novel.