May 5, 2016–Watt Key

Albert Watkins (Watt) Key, Jr.
220 Saint Michael Street
Mobile, AL 36602

Watt Key is an award-winning southern fiction novelist, screenwriter, and speaker. His debut novel, ALABAMA MOON, was released to national acclaim in 2006, won the prestigious E.B. White Read-Aloud Award, sold over 250,000 copies domestically, and has been published in eight languages. In 2009 ALABAMA MOON was made into a feature film starring John Goodman. Watt’s follow-up novel, DIRT ROAD HOME, was released in 2010 both domestically and internationally. His third novel, FOURMILE, was released in September of 2012, receiving starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. In addition to his novels and screenplays, Watt writes fiction and nonfiction articles for both local and nationally distributed publications. In 2015 ALABAMA MOON was listed by TIME Magazine as one of the top 100 young-adult books of all time
Experience: Novels, short stories, essays, screenplays
California Young Readers Medal
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Alabama Library Association Young Adult Novel Award
SIBA Children’s Novel of the Year
E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers
Parent’s Choice – Gold Medal Winner
VOYA Top of the Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers
Borders Original Voices selection
Books-a-Million Bookpage feature
Barnes and Noble Discover book
Selected works:
September 2006, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux , ALABAMA MOON (novel)
July 2010, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux , DIRT ROAD HOME (novel)
September 2012, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux , FOURMILE (novel)
September 2015, University of Alabama Press, AMONG THE SWAMP PEOPLE (non-fiction)
January 2016, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux , FOURMILE (novel)
Future Publications:
January 2017, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux , HIDEOUT (novel)