The inaugural winner of an award for Appalachian authors will give a reading Tuesday at Transylvania University's Carrick Theater.
Holly Goddard Jones, the first winner of the Judy Gaines Young Book Award, will read from her debut novel, The Next Time You See Me. The book explores the inner lives of characters who all have a connection to a woman found dead in a small Kentucky town. Jones, a native of Russellville, teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Isabel Maria Peña, winner of the Judy Gaines Young Literary Award, given to a Transylvania student for creative writing, also will give a reading.
Transylvania graduate Byron Young established the awards to honor his wife, who was an active supporter of the creative arts in Lexington. The book award carries a $2,000 cash prize. Each year's winner is to be selected by a different writer from the region.
This year's winner was chosen by Silas House, who praised Jones for "combining elements of mystery, sense of place and social commentary in a lyrical book that is also a real page-turner."
The event begins at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.