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Gay ATL’s Collin Kelley up for Townsend Prize

imageThe list of finalists for one of Georgia’s most prestigious awards for fiction includes gay Atlanta writer and editor Collin Kelley. His recently released “Remain in the Light” is among the 10 best novels by a Georgia writer released in the last two years, according to the overseers of the Townsend Prize.

Originally released as an e-book and now available in hard-copy, “Remain in the Light” is Kelley’s second novel. Already a critically acclaimed mystery that suspense fans won’t want to miss, the story has not only the “excellence and originality in language” and “human insight” that the Townsend jury is looking for, it also includes shadowy secrets in the dark underbelly of 1930s Paris and a clandestine gay lover.

“In 1968, Irène Laureux’s husband was murdered during the Paris student and worker riots. Thirty years later, she is still on the hunt for the man who knows how and why Jean-Louis died – his secret lover, Frederick Dubois.”

The Townsend Prize won’t be announced until April 26, but Kelley, who is also a published poet, an organizer of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival and the editor of Atlanta Intown newspaper, will be busy until then. Georgia Center for the Book hosts his launch party for “Remain the Light” on Jan. 31 at Decatur Library.