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  • 2006 NOVELLO LITERARY AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED: N.C. Author Joseph Bathanti Named at Novello Press Night (12/8/2005)
    Charlotte, N.C. – Novello Festival Press (NFP) has named Joseph Bathanti the winner of the 2006 Novello Literary Award. The announcement was made at Novello Press Night, Tuesday, October 25, 2005.

    Bathanti’s novel, Coventry, was chosen from more than 80 manuscripts submitted by writers from across the Carolinas. He will receive $1,000 and NFP will release his book in Fall 2006.

    Coventry is that rare book – a literary page-turner,” said Amy Rogers, Executive Editor of NFP. “Joseph Banthanti is one of our region’s finest writers and we are thrilled to be publishing his latest work.”

    Bathanti is a professor of Creative Writing and Co-Director of the Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He also has published four books of poetry, including This Metal, which was nominated for the National Book Award. His first novel, East Liberty, won the Carolina Novel Award. Bathanti has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in both short fiction and creative nonfiction. His work has been honored with a Samuel Talmadge Ragan Award, the Linda Flowers Prize, and he is the 2002 winner of the Sherwood Anderson award.

    Bathanti first came to North Carolina as a VISTA Volunteer in 1976 to work with prison inmates. Coventry is partly set inside a fictional North Carolina prison of the same name. A native of Pittsburgh, Bathanti lives with his family in Vilas, N.C.

    Four Novello Literary Award Finalists were also announced. Each will receive a $100 prize. Finalists include Gilbert Allen of Greenville, S.C., Debra Efird of Harrisburg, N.C., Starkey Flythe of North Augusta, S.C., and Mark Powell of Mountain Rest, S.C.

    The call for submissions for the 2007 Novello Literary Award will open later this fall.

    Novello Festival Press is the award-winning publishing project of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. For more information, call (704) 432-0153 or visit For media inquires, contact publicist Carol Adams at (704) 529-0601.
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