Barton receives Capote Prize
Marlin “Bart” Barton, author of the Hub City book Pasture Art, has been named the first recipient of the Truman Capote Prize for Short Fiction by an Alabama Writer. The prize will be given during the annual Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville at Alabama Southern Community College March 31-April 1.
“I've always loved Capote's work, especially his stories,” said Barton, “and I'm of course thrilled by this news.”
The Capote Prize ceremony will be held in the courtroom of the Old Monroe County Courthouse, the model for the courtroom in the film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Don Noble, literary scholar, critic, and host of the TV literary talk show Bookmark, was instrumental in the creation of the prize. “Bart is an Alabama writer who has not received the attention he deserves,” said Noble. “The judges were most impressed with his latest collection, Pasture Art (Hub City, 2015). He had published earlier collections, Dancing By the River (Frederic C. Beil, 2005) and The Dry Well (Frederic C. Beil, 2001), but Pasture Art was the one. In fact, some of the eccentric characters in Pasture Art bear a slight resemblance to some characters in Capote.”
A Forkland, Alabama, native, Barton is the Forum’s Assistant Director for Writing Our Stories.