Hall-Waters Prize Winner

Cassandra King, author of five novels, a book of nonfiction, numerous short stories, magazine articles, and essays will receive the Hall-Waters Prize from Troy University in conjunction with the 12th annual Alabama Book Festival on April 22, 2017.


The Hall-Waters Prize was endowed by late Troy alumnus Dr. Wade Hall, an author, former member of the faculty at the University of Florida and professor emeritus of English at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Dr. Hall died in September.


Dr. Hall, a native of Bullock County, endowed the prize as a memorial to his parents, Wade Hall Sr. and Sarah Elizabeth Waters Hall. The award is presented regularly to a person who has made significant contributions to Southern heritage and culture in history, literature or the arts. Past winners include Rep. John Lewis, Rick Bragg, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Natasha Trethewey.


Cassandra King was raised on a peanut farm in L.A. (Lower Alabama). She has taught creative writing on the college level, conducted corporate writing seminars, and worked as a human interest reporter. Her first novel, Making Waves, has been through numerous printings since its release in 1995. Her USA Today and NY Times best-selling second novel, The Sunday Wife, was a People magazine Page-Turner, a South Carolina’s Readers Circle choice, named one of Book Sense’s top reading group selections, and chosen by the Nestle Corporation for a nationwide campaign to promote reading groups. The Same Sweet Girls, also a NY Times best-seller, was a national number one Book Sense selection on release. Both novels were nominated for SIBA’s Book of the Year award. A fourth novel, Queen of Broken Hearts, was a Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club selection; and the fifth, Moonrise, an Okra Pick and a Southern Booksellers bestseller.


King resides in the Low Country of South Carolina.


She will present at the Festival. Now in its 12th year, the Alabama Book Festival is a free event celebrating reading, literacy, and the history of the book, held at Old Alabama Town, 301 Columbus Street, in Montgomery. In addition to King, some 50 writers from various genres and for various ages will speak and sign books. The festival will also offer free writing workshops.