Terry Kay

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Terry Kay
BornTerry Winter Kay
10 February 1938
Royston, Georgia
Notable awardsTownsend Prize
Georgia Author of the Year
Southern Emmy Award
Appalachian Heritage Writers Award
SpouseTommie Duncan Kay
Relatives11 siblings

Terry Kay, born 10 February 1938, in Royston, Georgia,[1] is a novelist. Perhaps his most well-known book is To Dance with the White Dog, which was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie starring Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy.

Kay's novel The Valley of Light won the 2004 Townsend Prize for Fiction. He won the 1981 Georgia Author of the Year Award for After Eli, and the Southeastern Library Association named him Outstanding Author of the Year in 1991 for To Dance with the White Dog.[1] He won a Southern Emmy Award in 1990 for his teleplay, Run Down the Rabbit and received the 2006 Appalachian Heritage Writers Award.[2] He has books translated in Japanese, Chinese, French and Greek.[citation needed]

Kay lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife.[1] He has 4 children (Jon Kay, Terri Kerr, Scott Kay, Heather Flury).



  • The Year the Lights Came On (1976)
  • After Eli (1981)
  • Dark Thirty (1984)
  • To Dance with the White Dog (1990)
  • Shadow Song (1994)
  • The Runaway (1997)
  • The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene (1999)
  • Taking Lottie Home (2000)
  • The Valley of Light (2003)
  • The Book of Marie (2007)
  • Bogmeadow's Wish (2011)
  • The Seventh Mirror (2013)
  • Song of the Vagabond Bird (2014)

Other books[edit]

  • To Whom the Angel Spoke: A Story of the Christmas (1991)
  • Special K: The Wisdom of Terry Kay (2000)


  • Run Down the Rabbit


  • Piano Cabaret


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