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Award-winning, nonfiction writer gives personal papers to UGA Libraries

Award-winning writer Melissa Fay Greene, a 2011 inductee to the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame, is giving her personal papers and memorabilia to the special collections libraries.

The collection includes research notes, tapes and transcripts of interviews and manuscript drafts on subjects ranging from civil rights in a small Georgia coastal community to an examination of Ethiopian children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic to how the bombing of Atlanta’s Jewish Temple forged a bond between that city’s Jewish community to the black civil rights movement. The papers show the minutia of nonfiction writing-from letters seeking permission to reprint a photograph to debate over the finer points of intellectual property law. Through book proposals, notes and draft revisions from a friend, the collection shows how the germ of an idea percolates and, sometimes, becomes a book.

An inventory of Greene’s papers at UGA is available at