October 11, 2014: The play, ONE LIFE, MUCH INFLUENCE, was a huge success and the 93 yr. old priest, Msgr. Frank Murphy of St. Dominic Parish, immensely enjoyed reliving his life. It was a sellout of about 250 people.
Also, the Awards Presentation, held October 15, 2014, for my story “Raisin’ Cain” was very well attended—about 50 people came to it at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Congressman Bradley Byrne presented me with a plaque as the Winner of the 2014 Selti Award. Archbishop Thomas Rodi, Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson, FSCC Language Arts Chairperson Dr. Maria Willis and FU Director at Mobile, Dr. Sue Walker of USA, a former Poet Laurete of Alabama, Mrs. Diane Newell, the Director at the Mobile Campus of Faulkner University, Patrick Miller, Selti Founder, and Kathryn Lang, Director of Selti, were present, along with other people. (See selti.org to read the story).
Dr. Sue Walker from the University of South Alabama is going to include Tourism Fiction in her course next fall; it’s the first time the subject will be taught in college.
Mary S. Palmer and Dr. Sue Brannan Walker were recognized for promoting tourism by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne from the floor of Congress on September 18.
Palmer’s short story, “Raisin’ Cain,” won the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative (SELTI) award. “Professor Palmer’s story highlighted the family-friendly nature of Mobile’s Mardi Gras,” Byrne said.
“Dr. Walker,” he said, “is using the examples of tourism writing to challenge her students to compose original short works of literature that encourage readers to visit the places included in the stories.”
Dr. Walker, an English professor at the University of South Alabama, is a former Poet Laureate of Alabama. Mary Palmer, a professor at Faulkner University, is the author of nine novels and an officer in the Baldwin Writers Group.
According to the Alabama Tourism Department, which co-sponsors the contest, $11 billion was spent by over 24 million visitors last year in Alabama. SELTI director Patrick Miller manages the literary content and can be contacted at literary email@example.com.
(from Great Days Outdoors Magazine-Nov. 2014—By John Nolan White)
Read “Raisin’ Cain”
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My Mardi Gras-themed short story “Raisin’ Cain” is the first-place winner of the Mobile Bay SELTI Tourism Writing Contest, sponsored by the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative and the Alabama Tourism Department. Press release on Musa blog.
My play One Life; Much Influence, about Fr. Francis Murphy, a ninety-three-year-old Irish priest in Mobile, will be produced in the fall by the Knights of Columbus.
My story “Double Indemnity” was published in Faulkner University’s literary journal, Images in Ink. I also judged a poetry contest for Faulkner University's Mobile Campus.
I've been attending (book signings) LoDa Art Walks in downtown Mobile every 2nd Friday of each month. This is sponsored by the Mobile Arts Council.
My play, MURDER MOST SOUTHERN was produced in 2013 by the Mobile Mystery Dinner Theater.
David V. Wilton, my coauthor of TO CATCH A FISH, and I have had sixty book signings and presentations. It is available from Musa Publishing Co. as an e-book. Along with my science-fiction book entitled TIME WILL TELL, To Catch a Fishs can be purchased from Musa Publishing and Amazon.com.
Baiting the Hook, the sequel to To Catch a Fish, is now available from Musa Publishing, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
A fantasy novella, JOE AND JO, which was originally a screenplay, is under consideration. It was awarded Third Place in the 2005 Eugene Walter Writer’s Fest
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