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2016 Induction Ceremony

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A full house in attendance Sunday evening at the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries auditorium to hear 2016 inductee Roy Blount Jr.'s address, "Where I'm Coming From."

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UGA Press staff ensured the Writers Hall of Fames crowd had plenty of books to read.

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With his Vanderbilt professor and longtime friend Vereen Bell Jr. (R), Roy Blount Jr. accepts his 2016 award from University of Georgia Librarian Toby Graham.

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2016 honoree Roy Blount Jr. recalled his father humming and "stirring up" the nuts and bolts of his basement workbench. "That was his bliss," said Blount, "and that's what I do with words."

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2015 honoree Janisse Ray prepares to take the podium from Librarian Toby Graham to introduce the Hall of Fame's posthumous award to Brainard Cheney.

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With University Librarian Toby Graham and 2015 Hall of Fame writer Janisse Ray, Roy Neel (C) accepts the 2016 Hall of Fame award on behalf of his uncle, Brainard Cheney.

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With a copy of the author's The Making of a Southerner in hand, University of Georgia Press Director Lisa Bayer introduces the posthumous award to 2016 honoree Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin.

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Katherine Kent, Julia Kent and Katherine DuPre Lumpkin Leech -- distant relatives of Katherine Du Pre Lumpkin -- accept her posthumous Hall of Fame award from University Librarian Toby Graham and UGA Press director Lisa Bayer.

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Katherine "Kay" Kent accepts the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame award on behalf of her great aunt Katherine Du Pre Lumpkin.

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Georgia College writer/professor Allen Gee introduces the 2016 Hall of Fame award honoring the career of his mentor, the late James Alan McPherson.

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Flanked by Toby Graham and Allen Gee, Rachel McPherson accepts the Hall of Fame's award plaque on the induction of her late father, James Alan McPherson.

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Georgia Governor Roy Barnes (1999-2003) accepts the Hall of Fame award on behalf of Bill Shipp.

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Rachel McPherson (back left) with other members of 2016 honoree James Alan McPherson's family, including the late writer's sister Mary (front left) and his brother Richard, at the Writers Hall of Fame ceremony, November 7, 2016

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Roy Neel (center) and other members of the extended family of 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Brainard Cheney, with 2015 inductee Janisse Ray (right).

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The family of 2016 inductee Katherine Du Pre Lumpkin at the UGA Special Collections Library luncheon for Hall of Fame honorees and families.

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2016 inductee Bill Shipp, although too ill to attend in person, greeted the ceremony attendees via a prerecorded phone message introduced by Toby Graham.

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