Pulitzer winner caps off Big Read - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

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.

©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • breaking

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Police respond to robbery by snatching at Albany package store

    Saturday, March 25 2017 10:09 PM EDT2017-03-26 02:09:42 GMT

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>

    Albany Police have responded to a robbery by snatching at the National Package Store on Oakridge Drive. Dispatch has confirmed the call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, and the suspect fled the scene.

    More >>
  • Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Former America's Got Talent finalist visits Albany for "Seniors on the Runway"

    Saturday, March 25 2017 9:46 PM EDT2017-03-26 01:46:19 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>

    A big voice with roots in South Georgia visited Albany this weekend. Quintavious Johnson placed fifth on America's Got Talent back in 2014. He has family who lives here in Albany.

    More >>
  • Love in the park

    Love in the park

    Saturday, March 25 2017 6:15 PM EDT2017-03-25 22:15:19 GMT
    Avalon Park was full of people, children and good food (Source: WALB)Avalon Park was full of people, children and good food (Source: WALB)

    A neighborhood came together to get Albany children out of the house to play. Folks who live in Avalon Park organized an event for the children in the area to enjoy the weather and being outdoors.

    More >>

    A neighborhood came together to get Albany children out of the house to play. Folks who live in Avalon Park organized an event for the children in the area to enjoy the weather and being outdoors.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly