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Two Emory professors were given 2019 Georgia Author of the Year awards

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Two Emory professors were given 2019 Georgia Author of the Year awards

Georgia Authors of the Year: Ruby Lal (left) took top honors in the biography category for “Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan.” Joseph Crespino’s “Atticus Finch: The Biography” won the history category. Lal photo by Myron McGhee. Crespino photo by Emory Photo/Video.
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Two awards from the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year were given to two Emory University professors, Joseph Crespino and Ruby Lal.

The Georgia Writers Association gives out the awards, which were announced at the 55th annual award ceremony, on June 15. These two won “for their accounts of historical characters both real and imagined,” according to a recent press release.

Joseph Crespino is the Jimmy Carter Professor of History in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, winning for his work “Atticus Finch: The Biography.”

Ruby Lal is a professor of South Asian Studies in Emory College, and she won with top honors for the biography, “Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan.” This is her third book, which was also a finalist in the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

In addition to Lal and Crespino, Emory faculty members Tayari Jones and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter were finalists in this year’s Georgia Author of the Year for Jones’ novel “An American Marriage,” and Former U.S. President Carter’s book “The Paintings of Jimmy Carter.”

For more information about Georgia Author of the Year, click here.

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