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J. Drew Lanham, author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, and winner of the 2018 Reed Award for literary nonfiction, and Ken Fine and Erica Hellerstein, winners of the 2018 Reed Award for journalism for “Hogwashed,” an in-depth look at industrial pork farming and the communities of eastern North Carolina.
The Saturday Writing to Save Our World program includes Drew Lanham’s keynote address, a talk by Ken Fine and Erica Hellerstein, and a conversation between the award-winners on the power of words to enhance public awareness of the value and vulnerability of the South’s natural heritage. The event is part of the Virginia Festival of the Book.
The Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment is given each year for superb journalism and works of nonfiction on the southern environment. This award honors the late Phil Reed, a distinguished attorney, environmental activist, and a founding SELC board member.