Tempe, AZ (August 16, 2022)
ECPA has announced the in-person program for The Christy Award fall events that include the celebration gala for the industry’s top award for Christian fiction–and a four-part Art of Writing series for creatives, publishers, writers, and fans. The event will be held on November 17 at the Ezell and Shinn Centers at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
The 2021 Christy Book of the Year author Amanda Cox (The Edge of Belonging) will be the featured speaker in the celebratory Christy Award Gala dinner that evening, which will also include Christy Hall of Fame inductee Becky Wade (Stay With Me), and bestselling author Chris Fabry (Dogwood) returning as our winsome emcee. The evening will also include the presentation of the 2022 winners of The Christy Award for Christian fiction.
The literary contributions of Jan Karon, author of 23 books including the bestselling Mitford Series, will be featured and include a special interview segment with her via video.
“Jan Karon’s novels, dating back to the original release of At Home in Mitford in 1994 and continuing into the third decade of the current century, have exemplified excellence in literary quality, character development, and deep reader engagement,” said Jeff Crosby, ECPA president. “Her books have given all of us an extended family and a home we can be a part of. I’m delighted by the opportunity to recognize Jan’s work at the 2022 Christy Award Gala.”
Leading up to the Gala, will be the sixth annual Art of Writing conference. The four-session conference will bring together writers, creatives, and publishing curators for training and connection around these topics:
When Weary & Discouraged: How We Can Care for Our Writing Souls with author Carolyn Weber, whose debut book Surprised by Oxford, is being made into a feature film
To Tok or Not to Tok with reel pros Emilie Haney (pen name Bell Renshaw) and author/ podcaster Kristi Ann Hunter
How Reading Diverse Books Makes Us Better Authors and Humans with a panel of writers, agents, and publishers who share their own stories and best practices through this approach
What Makes a Gush-Worthy Book with book reviewer Carrie Schmidt, Revell senior acquisitions editor Kelsey Bowen, author and agent Cynthia Ruchti, and WaterBrook editor Jamie Lapeyrolerie
The Christy Award finalists will be revealed by free webcast on October 11 hosted by Christy Hall of Fame author Chris Fabry.