Olive Ann Burns, Mary Hood and Alfred Uhry are the 2014 inductees of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. The University of Georgia Libraries recently announced the authors will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a fall 2014 ceremony.
From the UGA press release announcing the 2014 inductees:
Burns, who died in 1990, was a journalist who penned her first novel, “Cold Sassy Tree,” at age 60 after a cancer diagnosis. She was hired by the Atlanta newspapers after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent a decade as a writer there and also for the Atlanta Journal Magazine and its editor Angus Perkerson. After marrying fellow journalist Andrew Sparks, she continued writing as a freelancer.
Hood’s first collection of short stories, “How Far She Went,” won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Southern Review/Louisiana State University Short Fiction Award in 1984. Two years later her second collection, “And Venus is Blue,” picked up the Townsend Prize for Fiction, the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists Author-of-the-Year Award, and the Lillian Smith Book Award. Stories from both collections have been widely anthologized.
Best known as a short story writer, Hood continues to write reviews and essays and a novel, “Familiar Heat,” was published in 1995.
Uhry has won a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award and several Tony Awards for his work. He is the only playwright to win all three awards. He is best known for “Driving Miss Daisy,” set in Atlanta and based on Uhry’s grandmother and her driver. The play was awarded the Pulitzer for drama. Uhry’s first theatrical success was the adaptation of Eudora Welty’s “The Robber Bridegroom” into a musical, which earned Uhry a Tony Award.
Uhry grew up in Atlanta in a Jewish family and much of his work draws on that heritage.
The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame is part of UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. For more information, visit www.georgiawritershalloffame.org.