HLA Annual Banquet

Rheta Grimsley Johnson will be our guest speaker at the Huntsville Literary Association's Annual Banquet.

The Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 25, at the Huntsville Country Club on Oakwood Avenue. There will be a social time at 6:30 pm, and dinner will be served at 7:00.

Please make your reservations by this Saturday, May 20, with Debbie D. West at 256-534- 3331.

Ms. Johnson is a reporter and columnist for King Features Syndicate of New York. She travels the country in search of stories, frequently reporting from her native South, with datelines from Washington, D.C., to Iuka, Mississippi.

Ms. Johnson is a 1977 graduate of Auburn University. She won the 1974-75 National Pacemaker Award while on the staff of The Auburn Plainsman.

From 1980 until 1994, when she joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she was a reporter and columnist for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tennessee, and Scripps Howard News Service. She worked for the AJC for seven years. She has earned numerous awards for her writing, including the National Headliner Award for commentary in 1985 and Scripps Howard's Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for outstanding human interest reporting in 1984. In 2010, she received the Clarence Cason Award in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Alabama's journalism department. She was Scripps Howard Writer of the Year from 1983 to 1985, and in 1991, she was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.

Ms. Johnson has written 5 books, the most recent being The Dogs Buried Over The Bridge: A Memoir in Dog Years.

HLA welcomes this Southern gem of a writer to Huntsville, and we look forward to hearing her speak at this year’s banquet.

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