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Pulitzer winner caps off Big Read

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A Pulitzer Prize winning author took part in the closing ceremony of Albany-Dougherty County's Big Read event Monday night.

Ernest J. Gaines wrote "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "A Lesson Before Dying."

He spoke to the audience at the Albany Municipal Auditorium via video conference.

It ended a month of literacy events which local organizers say was successful at getting people in the community to read.

"We distributed 1,375 book to our schools, community organizations, to our libraries. All of the books disappeared with the exceptions of the ones circulating in the libraries. We've been pleasantly surprised. All of the activities have gone very well as well," said Dr. James L. Hill with Albany State University.

ASU, the Dougherty County Public Library system, and several businesses and organizations supported the Big Read.

It's funded by the national endowment for the arts.

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