Garrett's 'Cycling' Finalist For Violet Crown Award

Aug. 18, 2004
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by Julie Campbell Carlson

"Cycling," the second novel by Baylor University English Professor Greg Garrett, is one of three finalists in the fiction category for this year's Violet Crown Award for Texas literature. The other nominees are new books by Laurie Lynn Drummond (from HarperCollins) and Kent Nelson (Viking).

The Violet Crown Award competition is sponsored by The Writers' League of Texas and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Winners in four categories - children's books, non-fiction, fiction and literary works - will be awarded trophies and $1,000 cash. The awards ceremony is Sept. 18 in Austin and will feature performance of scenes from all the finalists by professional actors.

Garrett is the author of "Free Bird," chosen by "Publishers Weekly" and the Denver "Rocky Mountain News" as one of 2002's best first novels. A past winner of the William Faulkner Prize for Fiction, he also is the author of 40 published short stories as well as and (with Chris Seay) "The Gospel Reloaded: Exploring Faith and Spirituality in the Matrix" and the soon-to-be-released "Holy Superheroes: Exploring Faith And Spirituality In Comic Books."

"Violet Crown" is the name given to Austin by O. Henry in his 1894 work, Tictocq, first printed in Rolling Stone magazine, which was published and distributed from Austin at the end of the 19th century.

For more information, contact Garrett at (254) 710-6879.

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