‘Byrd’ wins Crook’s Corner prize

Kim Church, a Raleigh lawyer and author of the poignant debut novel “Byrd,” has won $1,000 and a free glass of wine every day for a year at Crook’s Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill. She’s the winner of the second annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize, announced Monday evening at the restaurant.

Novelist, short story writer and biographer Randall Kenan , who teaches English and comparative literature at UNC Chapel Hill, chose “Byrd” from a list of four novels.

“Byrd stood out as the most successful artistic expression and the novel with the purest, most daring and moving language,” Kenan emailed. “Plus the story is so very powerful. I think people will be reading this book for quite some time to come.”

The 2014 inaugural winner of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize was Wiley Cash of Wilmington for “A Land More Kind Than Home.” The judge was short story writer and novelist Jill McCorkle. Next year’s judge will be novelist Lee Smith of Hillsborough . The contest is open to first-time novelists whose work is set in the American South, though the authors can live outside the South.

Entries are being accepted for the third annual contest. Details: