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Larry BrownA Writer's Life$
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Jean W. Cash

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739800

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739800.001.0001

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Years of Triumph

Years of Triumph

Fay, the Wallace Award, and Montana, 1999–2000

(p.184) Chapter Eleven Years of Triumph
Larry Brown

Jean W. Cash

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter discusses the beginning of 1999 when Larry Brown received another honor—a poll conducted by Oxford Town named him favorite local writer. In the same poll, “Merry Christmas, Scotty” tied for favorite signing/reading. His next triumph came in March when he was announced as the winner of the Lila Wallace Readers Digest Award. This grant would pay Brown thirty-five thousand dollars per year over the next three years, and would give him the financial security to concentrate fully on his writing. Brown also received ten thousand dollars per year to establish an affiliation with a nonprofit cultural, educational, or community organization. He chose the Oxford-Lafayette County Public library and established the Larry Brown Writers’ Series, which brought writers to the library to give readings and to hold workshops with aspiring authors.

Keywords:   favorite local writer, Oxford Town, Lila Wallace, Readers Digest Award, Larry Brown Writers’ Series, aspiring authors

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