Jacksonville native Rick Bragg will be at Jacksonville State University in celebration of his latest book, “My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South,” and the 20th anniversary of the publication of  “All Over but the Shoutin”. The event will be held on September 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Leone Cole Auditorium. It will be free to the public.

While attending JSU Bragg took classes in feature writing and reporting. He also worked at The Jacksonville News and continued his experience at The Daily Home in Talladega, Ala, The Anniston Star, and The Birmingham News.

As Bragg’s experience grew, he moved on to bigger papers such as The Los Angeles Times and The St. Petersburg Times. He covered murders and unrest in Haiti as a metro reporter, the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Jonesboro killings, the Susan Smith trial, and more as a national correspondent based in Atlanta.

In January of 1994, Bragg began working

for The New York Times, where he covered topics about the homeless, inner cities and third world countries.

Following Bragg’s career at The New York Times, he went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for feature writing.

Since, he has authored six books: “All Over But the Shoutin’,” “Ava’s Man,” “The Prince of Frogtown,” “I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story,” “The Most They Ever Had,” and “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.”

Bragg has received more than 50 writing awards in 20 years, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the 2009 Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year, the 2011 James Beard Journalism Award for Food Culture and Travel and the 2013 Alabama Artist of the Year.

He was also been awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1992.

During his career, Bragg has taught writing at Harvard University, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Boston University, the University of South Florida and other colleges as well as in newspaper newsrooms.

He now works as a writing professor at the University of Alabama’s journalism program in its College of Communication and Information Sciences.

In 2013 Bragg spoke at JSU’s 2013 Commencement ceremony.

At the ceremony, JSU awarded him with the honorary doctor of letters for his accomplishments on behalf of the citizens of Alabama.

In his new book “My Southern Journey: True Stories from the Heart of the South” comes a compelling collection of essays on life in the South.

He discusses everything from college football and fishing to mayonnaise and spoonbread.Books will be available to purchase during Bragg’s visit to JSU.He will also be available to sign copies at the end of the event.

For more information, please call (256) 782-5856.

Grace Thomas
Staff Reporter

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