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Hats Off! Member accolades and announcements

Hats Off to Valerie Nieman!

Valerie Nieman’s latest novel, In the Lonely Backwater (Regal House 2022) received the 2022 Sir Walter Raleigh Award, the highest award for fiction by a North Carolina writer. She joins luminaries such as Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Charles Frazier, and last year’s honoree, National Book Award winner Jason Mott. The presentation has been made annually since 1953 by the Historical Book Club, through the book awards program administered by the Office of Archives and History within the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Her book also won the Mystery/Suspense category of the American Writing Awards. In the Lonely Backwater was also selected as an Official Pick of the International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club. It will be featured in July with an online book club on Tuesday and postings throughout the week. Learn more about Val here.
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