Lewis Nordan, John Marszalek receive Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award
March 15, 2002
NATCHEZ, Miss. — Two Mississippi writers were honored recently for their literary work.
Nordan, a native of Forest, Mississippi, holds a masters degree from Mississippi State University and currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of four novels, including the award-winning Wolf Whistle and Sugar Among the Freaks.
John F. Marszalek is a longtime Mississippi State University historian who has written eight books and more than 150 articles. He is a William L. Giles Distinguished Professor at MSU. His books include Assault at West Point: The Court Martial of Johnson Whitaker, which became a Showtime cable movie, and The Petticoat Affair and Sherman: A Soldiers Passion for Order, which were main selections of the History Book Club.
Named for the famed African-American writer who was born near Natchez, the Wright Award has been presented annually since 1994 to living authors with strong Mississippi connections and a significant body of literary work. Eudora Welty, Ellen Douglas, Willie Morris, Richard Ford, and John Grisham are among previous winners.
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