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John Jakes '53 to Receive Literary Legends Award

July 31, 2013

John Jakes, bestselling author and 1953 graduate of DePauw University, will be honored as a Literary Legend at the Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference.  The event will take place September 26 - 28 in St. Augustine.

"We’re so proud of our literary legend this year," Kathy Dvornick, executive director of the festival, tells the St. Augustine Record.

Read more at the newspaper's website.

John Jakes has been called America's "godfather of the historical novel" by the Los Angeles Times. He has sold more than 50 million books, including 18 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and became the first author to have three books on the Times' list of top-selling books in a single year with The Kent Family Chronicles. His other books include On Secret Service, American Dreams, Savannah and the North and South trilogy, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning television miniseries in 1985.

An English major as an undergraduate and a former member of the University's Board of Trustees, Jakes delivered the commencement address to DePauw's Class of 1995. Video of the speech is embedded below.

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