Tina McElroy Ansa — a novelist, journalist and short-story writer — will speak at Savannah State University Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Torian Auditorium of the Jordan Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Her published novels include “Baby of the Family” (Harcourt Brace, 1989), “Ugly Ways” (Harcourt Brace, 1993), “The Hand I Fan With” (Anchor Books, 1996) and “You Know Better” (William Morrow, 2002). All four are set in the fictional central Georgia town of Mulberry, based on her upbringing in Macon. Her work has racked up numerous accolades including a nod for “Baby of the Family” as the Notable Book of the Year from the “New York Times.” She is the only writer to have won the Georgia Authors Series Award twice. In 2005 she was named the recipient of the Stanley W. Lindberg Award, which honors a “lifetime of significant contributions to Georgia’s literary culture.”
Ansa was the youngest of five children. She graduated from Spelman College in 1971 and began working at the copy desk of the Atlanta Constitution – the first African American woman to do so. During her eight years there she worked at numerous editorial postings. Since 1982, she has made her career as a novelist, freelance journalist, workshop instructor and lecturer. She has also made regular contributions to CBS’s “Sunday Morning” program with her “Postcards from Georgia” series.
Ansa will appear as part of The Write Attitude, a Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) at Savannah State University. The Write Attitude is a campus-wide initiative to enhance student learning by improving attitudes about writing. For more information about Ansa, visit: www.tinamcelroyansa.com.