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Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Awards ~ Kevin M. Weeks, fiction nominee

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

by Ann DeWitt

On last evening, the Georgia Writers Association hosted its 46th Annual Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Awards.  Kevin M. Weeks, author of The Street Life Series, was nominated in the fiction category for his novel The Street Life Series: Is It Rags or Riches? When asked how he felt to be nominated amongst 201 other Georgia writers yet not walk away with a prize, Kevin M. Weeks stated, “Writing is a long-term career for me.  I enjoy writing, and literary longevity is my ultimate goal. I thank Dr. Wendy Rawlings, GAYA Fiction Judge and English Professor at the University of Alabama, for evaluating my literary work.”

The most memorable part of the awards program was the moment seventh grader, Nicole Izmaylov, won an award for her Children’s Picture Book titled Ronnie and BB. She accepted the award gracefully with a host of fans lining up to take her picture.  Young Miss Izmaylov is truly an inspiration to both young and old in regards to the value of setting and achieving lifetime goals.

In regards to the event itself, the first annual banquet proceeding the GAYA Awards was sold out with many in the Kevin M. Weeks’ visiting party sitting at an overflow table in a side corner.  Similarly to IBPA, the NPR Master of Ceremonies for the awards program dubbed Kevin M. Weeks’ book series, “The Secret Life Series” versus the trademarked name “The Street Life Series.”  All in all, the GAYA Awards was festive and most enjoyable.

The upcoming young adult novel, Entangled in Freedom by Ann DeWitt and Kevin M. Weeks, will be submitted for nomination in the 2011 GAYA Awards.  Entangled in Freedom is a novel that follows the 42nd Georgia Regiment Volunteers to Cumberland Gap, Tennessee.  Young Readers will have an opportunity to learn the life experiences of an African-American slave, Isaac, who serves with the 42nd during the American Civil War.

The 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War is in 2011. For historical information with works cited about African American Confederate Soldiers during the American Civil War, visit often www.blackconfederatesoldiers.com.

About the Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) Awards

Georgia Writers Association assumed responsibility for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) shortly after its founding in 1994. The awards were first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and independently published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. Awards in a variety of categories are announced and presented in June at the GAYA ceremony.  Congratulations to all of the remarkable GAYA Winners.

Highlighting the Good in Humanity,

Ann Dewitt

The Street Life Series: Is It Rags or Riches? by Kevin M. Weeks

The Street Life Series: Is It Rags or Riches? by Kevin M. Weeks