The Ingram Library’s Penelope Melson Society will present “An Afternoon with Award-Winning Author Terry Kay” on Sunday, February 8, at the University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library. Terry Kay will speak at 3:30 p.m. There will be a reception prior to his program at 3:00. This event is free and open to the public.

Terry Kay was born on February 10, 1938, in Hart County, Georgia, the eleventh of 12 children. He grew up on a farm, played football for Royston High School, and enrolled in 1955 at the then two-year West Georgia College, now the University of West Georgia. He was highly involved in extracurricular activities and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” He went on to complete his undergraduate studies at LaGrange College in 1959 and married Tommie Rae Duncan later that year.

Kay is the author of twelve novels, as well as a children’s book and a collection of nonfiction prose. His novel To Dance with the White Dog (1990) made him internationally famous and was dramatized in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. He is the recipient of four Georgia Author of the Year Awards from the Georgia Writers Association (1981, 2004, 2008, 2011), as well as an Emmy (1990), the Southeastern Library Association’s Outstanding Author of the Year Award (1991), and the Townsend Prize for Fiction (2004). He was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2006.

When entering the campus on the afternoon of the program, follow the “Ingram Library Parking” signs to the Humanities lot. For further information, contact Catherine Hendricks at or 678-839-5337.

Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015