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2016 was a year to celebrate Southern Literary Trail writer Truman Capote!

STARKVILLE, MISS. – January 20, 2017 – In partnership with the Alabama Center for the Book, the Southern Literary Trail established and awarded the first Truman Capote Prize for Short Fiction to writer Marlin “Bart” Barton. The award ceremony was held during the annual Alabama Writers Symposium last spring in Monroeville. Dr. Don Noble, an Academic Advisor to the Trail and host of the Bookmark show on Alabama Public Television, spearheaded the effort to create the award – -appropriately an engraved Tiffany’s crystal paperweight.

Underscoring the literary significance of Truman Capote’s achievements, Dr. Noble reminded the Monroeville audience that In Cold Blood “moved American writing in a new direction.” Noble said that Capote Prize judges were most impressed with Bart Barton’s latest collection, Pasture Art (Hub City, 2015), when he presented the award to Barton, who is a native of Forkland, Alabama.

The year-long celebration of Capote’s importance as an author continued on September 29, 2016, when he was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on The University of Alabama campus with a class of honorees which included fellow Trail writer Margaret Walker Alexander (Jubilee). Celebrations continued into November when a star commemorating Capote was unveiled on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame. Capote owned a home in Palm Springs, and the unveiling of his star was held on the 50th anniversary of Capote’s legendary Black & White Ball at New York City’s Plaza Hotel. The Palm Springs star was sponsored by the Truman Capote Literary Society. Society founder Stuart Noel, Associate Dean and Professor of English at Georgia State University, attended the installation ceremony. Broadway actor Joel Vig (“Hairspray”), a frequent guest performer and speaker for the Trail, was also present. Vig and Noel were motivating forces to support Capote’s star in front of the Library. “We are very proud to honor Truman Capote with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars,” declared Bob Alexander, President of the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

 
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