Doreen Cole, widow of Dr. Bruce Cole, selected to judge the Grateful American Book Prize

WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 28 — Doreen Cole, former assistant to the Dean, Honors College, Indiana University, and the widow of Dr. Bruce Cole, a co-founder of the Grateful American Book Prize, has been selected to replace Dr. Cole on the Prize panel of judges.

“Dr. Cole, who was the longest serving chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, was the inspiration for the Prize,” according to co-founder, author and publisher David Bruce Smith. “He saw it as a practical means of instilling a love of reading and history among young students. He once described the U.S. as ‘a country of historical amnesiacs.’ And, numerous studies attest to the fact that America’s young learners do, in fact, suffer from a history deficit.”

Mrs. Cole has been an ‘active,’ non-serving supporter of the Grateful American Book Prize since its 2015 inception, according to Smith. “She loves reading the books that are submitted for the Prize and so she is a logical and knowledgeable successor to her late husband.”

The Prize is awarded each year to authors of historically accurate books of fiction and nonfiction for seventh to ninth graders. Those published between July 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018 are now being considered for the $13,000 Prize, and a unique medallion created by artist Clarice Smith. Two authors will also receive “Honorable Mention” acknowledgments of $500 each, and the medallions

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Daniel Torday

George Washington University’s Department of English and Jewish Literature Live proudly present a reading by Daniel Torday, author of The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 7 – 8:30pm.

The Last Flight of Poxl West tells the story of a boy, Elijah Goldstein, who is at first in awe of his uncle’s adventures from the Second World War. He later uncovers that deeper truths lie beneath the glossy surface of his uncle’s memories, and he emerges from this journey seeing the war in a different light. The novel has won many awards, including the 2015 JJ Greenberg Memorial National Jewish Book Award.

The event will be held at George Washington University’s Marvin Center Amphitheater (800 21st St NW). It is FREE and open to the public. First come-first serve seating.

Jewish Literature Live! 2018 Schedule

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Daniel Torday

March 2018 Book Recommendations

Judith Rossner’s ATTACHMENTS; two close female friends fall in love with Siamese twins.

Carson McCullers’s, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING; twelve-year-old Frankie is bored with everything; then, she learns her brother is getting married, and hopes to be invited on the honeymoon.

Madeleine L’Engle’s CAMILLA; a novel about the vicissitudes of young love.

Frank Castelluccio’s and Alvin Walker’s, THE OTHER SIDE OF ETHEL MERTZ; a biography of the under-appreciated actress, Vivian Vance.

March 2018 Book Recommendations

Road Trip of American Literary Visionaries and American Icons

This itinerary is a 10-day trip through American’s Southern states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Featured stops include the homes of some of America’s literary visionaries; Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Margaret Mitchel. Other stops feature musical and entertainment icons; Elvis Presley’s Graceland, The Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash Museum, the Andy Griffith Playhouse & Museum and the famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Historical sites included Biltmore, President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, President James K. Polk Home and The Carter Center.

Biltmore, Asheville, NC
America’s largest home, built by George Vanderbilt. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Asheville, NC
The Thomas Wolfe House, also known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, is a state historic site, historic house and museum located in downtown Asheville, NC.

The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM.

Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museum, Nashville, TN
The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, TN, tribute to The Man in Black. The Patsy Cline Museum is upstairs.

The Hermitage – Home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville, TN

President James K. Polk Home, Columbia, TN
The 11th President of the United States. James K. Polk expanded the borders of the United States to the Pacific Ocean, added three states to the Union, started the Naval Academy, commissioned the Washington Monument, and issued the first postage stamp.

Graceland, Memphis, TN
The Home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee

Beale Street, Memphis, TN
Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues.

Rowan Oak – William Faulkner’s House, Oxford, MS
Home to William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844, and stands on over 29 acres of land just south of the Square in Oxford, MS.

Eudora Welty House, Jackson, MS
The home of internationally acclaimed author Eudora Welty from 1925 until her death in 2001. She wrote almost all of her fiction and essays in this house.

Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA
The Margaret Mitchell House is a historic house museum located in Atlanta, Georgia. The structure was the home of author Margaret Mitchell.

The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.

The Andy Griffith Playhouse and The Andy Griffith Museum, Mount Airy, NC
Andy Griffith attended elementary school and performed on stage when the site was known as the Rockford Street Elementary School. The Playhouse was named after Andy Griffith in the early 1970s.

The Andy Griffith Museum is a place both for learning about and celebrating Andy Griffith, who was born in Mount Airy in 1926. Home of the single largest collection of artifacts and memorabilia related to Andy Griffith, the museum features hundreds of items from Andy’s life and his career in theater, film, and music. The museum features the “Andy & Opie” Landmark Statue.

 

Road Trip of American Literary Visionaries and American Icons

This itinerary is a 10-day trip through American’s Southern states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Featured stops include the homes of some of America’s literary visionaries; Thomas Wolfe, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Margaret Mitchel. Other stops feature musical and entertainment icons; Elvis Presley’s Graceland, The Grand Ole Opry, Patsy Cline & Johnny Cash Museum, the Andy Griffith Playhouse & Museum and the famous Beale Street in Memphis, TN. Historical sites included Biltmore, President Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, President James K. Polk Home and The Carter Center.

Biltmore, Asheville, NC
America’s largest home, built by George Vanderbilt. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial, Asheville, NC
The Thomas Wolfe House, also known as the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, is a state historic site, historic house and museum located in downtown Asheville, NC.

The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN
The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country-music stage concert in Nashville, Tennessee, which was founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay as a one-hour radio “barn dance” on WSM.

Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline Museum, Nashville, TN
The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, TN, tribute to The Man in Black. The Patsy Cline Museum is upstairs.

The Hermitage – Home of President Andrew Jackson, Nashville, TN

President James K. Polk Home, Columbia, TN
The 11th President of the United States. James K. Polk expanded the borders of the United States to the Pacific Ocean, added three states to the Union, started the Naval Academy, commissioned the Washington Monument, and issued the first postage stamp.

Graceland, Memphis, TN
The Home of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee

Beale Street, Memphis, TN
Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street, a distance of approximately 1.8 miles. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues.

Rowan Oak – William Faulkner’s House, Oxford, MS
Home to William Faulkner and his family for over 40 years, Rowan Oak was originally built in 1844, and stands on over 29 acres of land just south of the Square in Oxford, MS.

Eudora Welty House, Jackson, MS
The home of internationally acclaimed author Eudora Welty from 1925 until her death in 2001. She wrote almost all of her fiction and essays in this house.

Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA
The Margaret Mitchell House is a historic house museum located in Atlanta, Georgia. The structure was the home of author Margaret Mitchell.

The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA
The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering.

The Andy Griffith Playhouse and The Andy Griffith Museum, Mount Airy, NC
Andy Griffith attended elementary school and performed on stage when the site was known as the Rockford Street Elementary School. The Playhouse was named after Andy Griffith in the early 1970s.

The Andy Griffith Museum is a place both for learning about and celebrating Andy Griffith, who was born in Mount Airy in 1926. Home of the single largest collection of artifacts and memorabilia related to Andy Griffith, the museum features hundreds of items from Andy’s life and his career in theater, film, and music. The museum features the “Andy & Opie” Landmark Statue.