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COLUMBUS, Miss. – Michael Farris Smith, associate professor of English at Mississippi University for Women, has been awarded the 2014 Mississippi Author Award for fiction by the Mississippi Library Association.


Smith was recognized his for novel “Rivers,” which made its debut with Simon & Schuster in September of 2013.

“It’s so nice to be recognized from your own home. All the recognitions for ‘Rivers’ have been wonderful, but it’s a little sweeter when it comes from Mississippi.

“The response to my work has been both flattering and humbling. I am always hoping to write stories that have an impact on the reader, and I hope I’ve done that, and will keep doing it,” he said.

Widely praised by critics, “Rivers” imagines a world of never-ending hurricanes that have devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing the government to abandon everything below a line 90 miles north of the battered region.

Smith, along with other recipients in nonfiction and children’s literature, will be honored at the Mississippi Library Association’s annual conference in Vicksburg Thursday, Oct. 16.

For more information about Smith and his work, see http://michaelfarrissmith.com/.

Aug. 22, 2014
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