Orangeburg native wins book awards | Local


Dr. Walter B. Curry Jr., local author and founder of Renaissance Publications LLC, received the Literary Titan Gold Awards for his books which focus on African American history in Aiken and Orangeburg counties, ” The Thompson Family: Untold Stories From The Past (1830-1960) ”and“ The Awakening: The Seawright-Ellison Family Saga, Vol. 1, A Narrative Story.

The Gold Award is presented to books professionally appraised by Literary Titan and found to be perfect in delivering original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative storyline that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms the words in beautifully written books.

“‘The Thompson Family: Untold Stories from The Past (1830-1960)’ is a well-crafted and well-researched book that details the moving and inspiring stories of so many awesome people. Readers will discover a collection of little-known but exceptional people and will read hard-earned but rarely shared accomplishments, “Literary Titan wrote.” The author writes very clearly and straightforwardly, yet still manages to provide us with vivid images and detail that take the reader on a phenomenal visual journey . Going through the pages of this family saga, it almost feels like being there with these people who go through everything they go through. We visit and are touched by so many lives just as we turn from page to page. ‘other.

“The first volume of a gripping family saga, ‘The Awakening’ tale takes us back to the days of Reconstruction and tells us about the two families descended from Martha Kitchings Seawright Ellison. Set in South Carolina, the author offers a vivid description of days gone by; slavery, liberation from slavery and the socio-economic conditions that followed that led Martha’s family to become sharecroppers, ”wrote Literary Titan. “Author Walter B. Curry Jr. organizes available data, genealogical research and historical events so that they fit together like pieces of a puzzle. And when these pieces come together, the revelation is informative and rewarding. If you want to learn more about black history, the Harlem Renaissance, or want to learn more about South Carolina history, this book is a must read.

Literary Titan is an organization of professional editors, writers and teachers with a passion for writing. The organization reviews fiction and non-fiction books in many different genres, conducts author interviews and awards talented authors with the Literary Book Award. For more information, including book reviews, visit and

Curry, a native of Orangeburg and a 2003 graduate from South Carolina State University, is the founder of Renaissance Publications LLC. For more information on Curry’s company and to order his books, visit


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