Ernest J. Gaines was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel, A Lesson Before Dying. Other works include Of Love and Dust, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Gathering of Old Men, Bloodline and Mozart and Leadbelly: Stories and Essays. He has received a MacArthur Foundation grant, was named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Lettres and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Speaking Schedule

Saturday, April 16
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Acceptance of the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement


Grant Support Provided By

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust - Chazen Family Foundation - The Kennedy Foundation - Lyndhurst Foundation - Public Education Foundation - Tennessee Arts Commisson - UC Foundation

Media Sponsors

Brewer Media - Chattarati - WDEF News 12 - WUTC 88.1

Program Partners

Anonymous Gift - Baylor School - Medium - Olan & Norma Mills II

Book Patrons

L. Hardwick & Kitty Caldwell - Memorial Healthcare System - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the UTC Department of English - Wild Hare Books

AEC is a funded member of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga.

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