Special for T&D
Ron Baxley Jr., YBR Publishing’s fantasy and “Oz universe” author, has just been named one of five finalists in the Best Novel/Short Story category for the 2022 Palmetto Scribe Awards at Atomacon, taking place from May 13-15 at the Hilton Garden Inn. in North Charleston.
Baxley was one of about 10 nominees in the novel/short story category, which has now been cut in half via an online reader poll. The ballots to designate the winner of each category will be distributed during the congress. Baxley will have an authors table at the convention and participate in panels there.
Baxley said, “I am humbled and honored to be a finalist for this award and thank Atomacon for this. I look forward to being a guest author at the convention and participating in panels as well. Additionally, I praise God for the blessings He has sent me and I also affirm the 30+ years of hard work I have put into being a fantasy, sci-fi, and Oz writer.
“I would like to announce our Palmetto Scribe finalists,” said Atomacon President Janet Iannantuono. “We will have ballots at the convention, and you can vote for your favorite. The winners will be announced at the Film Festival Awards Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Please read the stories of these people before the convention.
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According to his announcement, here are the finalists in the Best Novel/Short Story category:
- True Death by Faith Hunter
- Shedding the Past by Alex Rath
- A Theft Most Fowl: A Kingdom of Aves Mystery by Nicole Givens Kurtz
- The Watcher at War by Barbara V. Evers
- OZ Don’t Diggs GCC in Emerald City by Ron Baxley Jr.
“I thank Atomacon again and thank YBR Publishing for their support. Finally, I cannot thank my fans, friends and family enough for your continued support. God bless you all,” Baxley said.
Baxley, the multi-award-winning fantasy novelist and graphic novelist, was recently a special guest author at the grand opening of the Wizard of Oz Museum in Cape Canaveral, Florida in February and the Deland Comics and Collectibles Show in DeLand, Florida. Florida. , in January.
He has been a guest and special guest author at festivals and cons of Oz for over a decade. Additionally, he will be invited to other Vs. and Oz festivals this year, which will be announced in the coming weeks. His pre-signed books can be found in bookstores, comic shops and gift shops across SC, Georgia and central New York and can be ordered wherever the books are sold.
During his first decade of publishing, Baxley wrote and published an Oz book, “The Talking City of Oz”, through March Laumer’s The Vanitas Press. A little over a decade later, when he was in his thirties, the book was discovered by the Oz-Stravaganza Festival and the L. Frank Baum International Foundation and All Things Oz as a PDF file that Ron had uploaded after his breakup. to print.
A decade after his first Oz book was printed, he received a formal invitation to attend Authors and Artists Alley at Oz-Stravaganza in Chittenango, New York in 2010. He was invited back there, the birthplace home of L. Frank Baum for over a decade, held a special event at their All Things Oz museum there a year and brought new Oz or Oz-related books there almost every year – some of which remain pre-signed in Baum’s Bazaar, the All Things Gift Shop in the Museum of Oz. In fact, Ron just found out this month that he’s been invited back as an author to Oz-Stravaganza 2022 in Chittenango, New York from June 3-5 – just weeks after appearing at Atomacon and as finalist and potential big winner there.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Oz-Stravaganza again and can’t say enough good things about or thank the Foundation, Chittenango, New York, All Things Oz Museum and volunteers enough,” Baxley said.
Baxley is a former educator and was a correspondent for The Times and Democrat for more than seven years, as well as concurrent correspondent for The Augusta Press in Augusta, Georgia for the past six months, and travel specialist for Mad Hatter Adventures Travel. Company.
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More information about Baxley’s books, including synopses, editorial reviews and direct ordering, can be found at ybrpub.com/shop. For more information about his books, visit his webpage at rbaxley37.wixsite.com/ronbaxleyjrofoz or his Facebook Author Group page at facebook.com/groups/196187527438597.