Western North Carolina writer Terry Roberts has won the prestigious Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction for his novel A Short Time to Stay Here. According to an article in The Mountain Times, this awared "is fast becoming New York’s most prestigious homage to Southern literature."
First started in 2007, the award is given each year for a novel set in the original states of the Confederacy. This is the first time that a North Carolina writer has won the award, and the book sounds fascinating. It delves into the history of a real-life internment camp set up for German soldiers during World War I in the little town of Hot Springs, NC. I had no idea this camp even existed until I began this blog entry! I will definitely be reading this book!