Terry Kay, a local of Georgia who gained followers at dwelling and overseas for his novels set within the South, has died. He was 82.
His demise on Saturday was introduced on his Facebook web page. A put up on the web page October 25 mentioned Kay had been recognized with Stage four liver most cancers. His daughter, Heather Kay Flury, confirmed the information to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She didn’t instantly reply to a Facebook message searching for touch upon her father’s demise.
Kay was born in Hart County, Georgia, on February 10, 1938, one in every of 12 kids. After graduating from LaGrange College, he started his profession in journalism on the weekly Decatur-DeKalb News. He later labored on the Atlanta Journal as a sportswriter and a movie and theater critic.
Kay was maybe greatest identified for his 1990 novel “To Dance With the White Dog,” which helped set up him as one of many South’s main writers. According to Kay’s web site, the guide was impressed by the writer’s mother and father. It is the story of an octogenarian and a mysterious white canine that involves dwell with him following his spouse’s demise. The guide earned Kay the Outstanding Author of the Year award in 1991 from the Southeastern Library Association. In 1993, it was offered as a Hallmark Hall of Fame film for CBS tv and bought 2 million copies in Japan.
Kay’s first novel, revealed in 1976, was “The Year the Lights Came On,” which was impressed by Kay’s recollections of electrical energy arriving in his rural farming group. “The Valley of Light,” revealed in 2003, gained each the 2004 Townsend Award and the Best Fiction Award from the Georgia Writers Association.
He additionally acquired the Georgia Writers Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 and was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2006.
Kay’s web site says translations of the writer’s fiction have been revealed in Japan, Korea, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany and elsewhere.
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