The 20 Finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards will be announced for the first time at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, Georgia this Wednesday, October 13. The home was selected from among more than 75 venue suggestions for the announcements.
The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor won the National Book Award for Fiction in 1972 and was also voted the Best of the National Book Awards Fiction last fall. The author was born on March 25, 1925 and spent her first 13 years residing in the historic townhouse where the award finalists will be announced on Wednesday. Bordering Savannah’s Lafayette Square, the historic home contains some of the family’s original furnishings, including a crib and a child’s tea table located in O’Connor’s former bedroom. The two main floors of the home have been restored to their appearance at the the time the future scribe and her family occupied the residence.
O’Connor fans can also visit another of her former residences, known as Andalusia. Located in Milledgville, Georgia, ‘Andalusia’ was her mother’s ancestral farm and the place where the author spent the last of her 39 years writing and raising peacocks, swans, chickens and other birds before succumbing to complications from lupus.