Forrest Tuff Nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award

Posted Mon, Jun 21, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

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Forrest Tuff was named a finalist in the Children's Picture Book category during the 46th Georgia Author of the Year Awards. The ceremony took place on June 19th at Kennesaw State University. The Georgia Writers Association (GWA) announced their author of the year winners and finalists. This year, there were 60 nominees selected in 14 categories.

Forrest's new children's book entitled Things I Like 3-D (TIL3D) is a reversible picture book with 3D glasses and an audio CD. The colorful picture book can also be flipped over and read without 3D glasses. TIL3D has a simple sentence structure that offers a child-friendly method to encourage children to read using sight, rhyming, and single-syllable words.

"The inspiration for my book came from my daughters Jordan and Sydney," said Tuff. "They enjoy my imaginary characters and bedtime stories and encouraged me to become an author." Forrest coined the pseudonym Horrace Forrest and published TIL3D through Happy Hopes Books publishing company. Since its release, TIL3D has been in the DeKalb and Gwinnett County school systems.

The Georgia Author of the Year Awards celebrates the best literature by Georgia writers. Georgia Writers Association assumed responsibility for the Georgia Author of the Year Awards (GAYA) shortly after its founding in 1994. The awards were first given in 1964 by the Dixie Council of Authors and Journalists. Commercially and self-published authors from Georgia are eligible for nomination. A variety of categories and awards are announced and presented in June at the GAYA ceremony.

GWA also honored Professor Emeritus of Kennesaw State University and author Robert Hill with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many novels that have earned him recognition in the literary world.

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