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Anna Jean Mayhew

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Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew’s first novel, The Dry Grass of August, won the 2011 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was an Okra Pick of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Delta Magazine of Mississippi included the book as one of the top five novels of 2011. A Blackstone Audio book came out in December, and the novel is being translated into French and Italian for release in 2013. Last September, A. J. dined with Governor Beverly Perdue and the First Gentleman at a gathering to honor North Carolina authors, and is now working on her next novel, Tomorrow’s Bread. She will be on the faculty of the Hub City Writers Project at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC, July 13-15, 2012, at On the Same Page Literary Festival September 13-...more

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