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'Welcome to Braggsville' author wins Gaines literary award

The winner of the 2015 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence will be formally introduced to the public this week.

New Orleans native T. Geronimo Johnson will receive the recognition Thursday at a ceremony at the Manship theatre in Baton Rouge for his latest work "Welcome to Braggsville," according to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which initiated the annual book award in 2008.

The novel chronicles four University of California-Berkeley students who stage a protest during a Civil War re-enactment. The $10,000 award recognizes outstanding work from rising African-American fiction writers while honoring Gaines' contributions to the literary world.

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