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Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew

Anna Jean (A. J.) Mayhew’s first novel, The Dry Grass of August, won the 2011 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the 2012 Book Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and is in its ninth printing. A Blackstone Audio book came out in December, and the French and Italian translations are now in print. In February 2012, A. J. was a featured speaker at Southern Voices in Birmingham, Alabama, along with novelist Scott Turow. She was in residence in the summer of 2012 at the Hambidge Center in Georgia and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Dry Grass of August was selected to be read in the libraries of Richland County, South Carolina, in “One Book, One Columbia”; A. J. will appear in Columbia in various events February 26–March 1, 2013. She is currently working on her next novel, Tomorrow’s Bread.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Jean-Michel Margot
  2. Our combined families
  3. Our Unitarian family
  4. Pat
  5. Nancy & Charles
  6. A swimming hole (pool, ocean, lake, river, Cove Creek)
  7. Sleeping with my own IT department (#1 above)
  8. Stilla, our petulant, irresistible cat
  9. Coffee (courtesy of #1 above)
  10. Weaver Street Market (aka Hillsborough Social Club)

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