Jere Nash and Andy Taggart were awarded the top prized in the nonfiction category for their work, Mississippi Politics: The Struggle for Power 1976-2006. Nash, a native of Greenville, Miss. currently resides in Jackson and Taggart, a native of Moss Point, Miss. resides in Madison. The judge wrote of their work that it is “not only as a solid piece of scholarship, but a meticulously fair interpretation of how government in Mississippi ran during those years.” Jere and Andy also author the weblog Red/Blue.
Major American artist Bill Dunlap is the winner of the visual art award for his work featured in the book Dunlap. Dunlap maintains studios in McLean, Va. ; Mathiston, Miss.; and Coral Gables, Fla.
The Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters will hold a spring gala and awards ceremony in Greenwood, Miss. on June 9. To view a complete list of 2007 winners, please visit the MIAL website.