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Release: Jan. 24, 2001
UI College of Liberal Arts professor wins fiction award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Venise Berry, a journalism professor
in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has won an Honor Book Award
from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) for her
novel "All of Me," published by Dutton.
"All of Me," Berrys second novel,
is an emotionally charged account of societys obsession with weight
and one womans struggle to raise herself out of the depths of depression
and self-hatred to the heights of self-acceptance and self-love.
The BCALA literary awards recognize excellence in
adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2000.
Berry will receive her award during the 2001 ALA Annual Conference in San
Francisco in June.