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FSU Professor Chosen as a "Great New Writer"
07/17/2000

Brad Barkley, a professor of English at Frostburg State University, has been chosen for the Barnes and Noble Bookseller's "Discover Great New Writers Series." Barkley's new fiction work, "Money, Love," was released by Norton Publishing on July 10th.

The "Discover Great New Writers" program was established in 1990 as a vehicle for the promotion of the best in new literary fiction and non-fiction published each season, according to Jill Lamar, coordinator of the program with Barnes & Noble Booksellers.

"The nature of the Discover Great New Writers program is really that of a recommended reading list - on a national level," says Lamar.

"Money, Love" is a comic novel about Roman Strickland, a passionate door-to-door salesman, who recruits his 16-year-old son, Gabe, to help him win back his estranged wife, Gladys, who left Roman for his more financially-stable brother. In the turn of events and several outlandish schemes to woo Gladys, young Gabe realizes that "love is, ultimately, the one thing that can't be bought or sold."

At Barnes & Noble's home office in New York City, booksellers read and evaluate nominated books and choose 20 "exceptional titles" to be highlighted for each season out of nearly 500 books submitted by publishers.

Past winners of this honor include David Guterson for "Snow Falling on Cedars," John Berendt for "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," Sebastian Junger for "The Perfect Storm," Frank McCourt for "Angela's Ashes" and Cormac McCarthy for "All the Pretty Horses," among others, including this year's winner for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Jhumpa Lahiri, for "Interpreter of Maladies."

Each of the titles selected for the "Discover Great New Writers" honor receives prominent display in all 550 Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, a review in the seasonal Discover brochure and hometown author promotion and appearances.

Barkley will be promoting his book in North Carolina (his home state and the setting of his novel) later this summer. He will also be conducting a book signing at Barnes & Noble stores in New York City and Miami.

"We are delighted that Professor Barkley's work is being recognized in this way," says Dr. Catherine Gira, FSU president. "Our faculty and staff are fortunate to be working with Professor Barkley. He has brought fresh ideas and inspiration to his classes and his interaction with his colleagues."

Barkley received his bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arkansas. He joined the FSU faculty in 1997.

"Money, Love" will also become eligible for the annual "Discover Great New Writers" Award in which a panel of judges selects one first novel to receive a cash prize of $10,000, a Tiffany crystal award and nearly $100,000 in advertising and store promotion.

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