Southern Lit Alliance will present the Barnett Prize for Local Distinguished Author to Roy Morris, Jr. The Barnett Prize is awarded annually to recognize the outstanding achievement of authors in the area and to raise awareness of their talent.
The award is offered through the generosity of Warren Barnett, art philanthropist and President of Barnett & Company, a firm offering personalized investment council in Chattanooga for 35 years.
Mr. Morris is a lifetime Chattanoogan and history buff.
The presentation will be on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. and will be presented on Facebook Live and YouTube. For more information about this event please click here.
Mr. Morris will take this opportunity to discuss his career and read an excerpt from his latest book, Gertrude Stein Has Arrived.
Mr. Morris has published nine books on American history and literature, most recently “Gertrude Stein Has Arrived: The Homecoming of a Literary Legend” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019). His books have covered a range of historical topics, including books on Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, and Oscar Wilde.
He has spent the last 35 years writing eight books about American literature and history. Mr. Morris’s writing has been featured in numerous prestigious publications, including Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the New Criterion, and Boston Globe.
A lifelong Chattanoogan, Mr. Morris has served for nearly four decades as a writer and editor for a variety of popular-history magazines, including stints as editor of Military History, Military Heritage, Wild West, Sports History, America’s Civil War and Civil War Quarterly.
Mr. Morris currently resides in North Chattanooga with his wife, Leslie, and their mixed-breed terrier, Duncan.