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CWW Announces Award Winners

Press Release: 2015 Wisconsin Writers Awards Announced!

From: Council for Wisconsin Writers http://www.wiswriters.org

For release: March 25, 2016

Contact: Robin Chapman rschapma@wisc.edu





Seven Wisconsin writers have been named winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2015. The Council will award each winner $500 and a week-long writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point. Honorable mentions will receive $50 each. Out-of-state judges made the selections.


The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Judith Claire Mitchell, Madison, for A Reunion of Ghosts, Harper Collins.


John Gurda, Milwaukee, is the winner of the Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award for Milwaukee, City of Neighborhoods, Historic Milwaukee, Inc., while Lynne Diebel, Stoughton, receives honorable mention for Crossing the Driftless, University of Wisconsin Press.


Ronald Wallace of Madison, is the winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for the

book For Dear Life, University of Pittsburgh Press. Honorable mention goes to The Sacred Monotony of Breath, Prolific Press, by Robert Nordstrom of Mukwanago.


Gayle Rosengren of Fitchburg, is winner of the Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for Cold War on Maplewood Street, Penguin Random House. Ann Bausum of Janesville receives honorable mention for Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, Penguin Random House.


Matt Cashion of La Crosse, is the winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction for “Any Idiot Can Feel Pain,” Grist. Jackson Tobin of Madison, is the recipient of an honorable mention for “Kneecap,” Midwestern Gothic.


Ronnie Hess of Madison, is the winner of the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award for “The Red Shoes,” Peninsula Pulse. Nate Lowe of Plymouth, receives honorable mention for “Archipelago,” Beecher’s.


The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to

John Walser of Fond du Lac. Honorable mention goes to Susan Elbe of Madison.


The winner of the $250 CWW Essay Award for Young Writers is Hannah. L. Nies, a junior at Waunakee High School, for her essay, “The Girl in the Moon.”


The public is invited to celebrate our state’s fine writers at the CWW’s Awards Banquet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Banquet tickets must be reserved by Tuesday, May 10.


More information about the winners, judges, banquet registration, and the Council

for Wisconsin Writers can be found at its website, http://www.wiswriters.org.




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Bird Flew Away, But Book Wins Award

Wisconsin’s writers for young people get more recognition. Here’s news from the Wisconsin Library Association about authors whose books for children that organization has recognized.

Topping the list is Wisconsin native, now Chicago resident, Crystal Chan. He book Bird received WLA’s 2015 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, which is presented annually by the Children’s Book Award Committee of the WLA’s Youth Services Section “to the most distinguished work in literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator,” according to the WLA release.

Another huge honor went to Ann Bausum who was named Notable Author “for her contribution to the world of children’s literature.” Most of Ann’s many books, primarily about historical events and people, are published by National Geographic. Her Muckrakers: How Ida Tarbell, Upton Sinclair, and Lincoln Steffens Helped Expose Scandal, Inspire Reform, and Invent Investigative Journalism received the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2007 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award.

Ann’s recently published Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog is one of five books written and/or illustrated by Wisconsinites that the WLA selected for Outstanding Achievement in children’s literature.

The others are:

  • The Hula Hoopin’ Queen written by Thelma Lynne Godin
  • This is a Moose illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens written by Julie Mata
  • Here Comes the Easter Cat written by Deborah Underwood

CWW congratulations them all!

See more about CWW contests and awards at www.wiswriters.org.


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Children’s Writers’ Good June News

Here’s what’s been happening on the children’s book publishing front during the past month:

The hard-cover edition of Ann Bausum‘s Stonewall, which was released in May, has earned starred reviews and is now sharing the spotlight with the audio book production from Listening Library. Ann reports that her fellow author Tim Federle, who narrated the audio book, has earned an Earphones Award for his performance from AudioFile magazine. The reviewer notes: “…Bausum’s account of the gay rights movement…is told with heartbreaking candor, and Tim Federle’s narration wrings all the emotion from this gripping history. With vocal intensity that is by turns fearful, angry, or touching….”

Ann and her fellow Wisconsin writer, Bridget Birdsall, winner of CWW’s 2014 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for her YA novel Double Exposure, will be at  Madison’s west side Barnes and Noble on June 11 to read, talk, and sign their books. The public is invited to attend: Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m., B&N in West Towne Mall, 7433 Mineral Point Road. “Our event coincides, quite happily, with GLBT Book Month (the timing of which can be traced back to the events I write about in Stonewall),” Ann says. 

Becky Wojahn‘s Malcolm at Midnight won the Kansas William Allen White Children’s Book Award. She plans to be in Kansas in October for the award presentation. Malcolm is one of the Wisconsin Golden Archer nominees for the next school year.

Sheila Cohen has a middle school biography of Wisconsinite Sterling North published by the Wisconsin Historical Society coming out this coming October. Sterling North  wrote many books and was literary critique at the Chicago Daily News for many years, but his claim to fame for kids is that his book RASCAL  was made into a Disney movie in the 1960’s.

Pat Schmatz got a star from Kirkus for Lizard Radio (coming out this fall).  Among other things, it says:   Sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot.

“Nobody has ever accused me of an intricate plot – or any other kind of plot – before so I guess using The Plot Whisperer and making all those $#@#$@ charts and diagrams paid off.” Pat says. “And it’s a surprise to me to learn that it’s science fiction, but I’ll take it!
Janet Halfmann‘s Little Skink’s Tail is on the Just Read Florida: 2015 Summer Recommended Reading List for the seventh year in a row.

JoAnn Macken‘s  Baby Says “Moo!” is out as a padded board book.

Lisa Moser‘s Squirrel’s Fun Day has been selected for the summer reading lists by the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library.

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Wisconsin’s SCBWI Members’ Good News

Here’s recent news from members of the Wisconsin’s chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:

Former CWW award winner Jacqueline Houtman’s article, “The Human Microbiome: Your Own Personal Ecosystem” is in FASEB, a publication for general audiences and Congress emphasizing the importance of basic science. She also obtained funding for a tour in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.to promote her book Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist, which she co-wrote Walter Naegle and Michael G. Long.

Ann Bausum's next book, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights, is for teens and her first published by Viking. Her many earlier books were published by National Geographic. Ann's hosting a lauch party A Room of One's Own in Madison on Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m.

Two Wisconsin’s Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators chapter members are receiving CWW awards for their children’s books.

Bridget Birdsall‘s YA novel “Double Exposure” won the Tofte/Wright Award for children’s
literature,. Janet Halfmann‘s picture book, “Animal Teachers,” took honorable mention. The awards banquet, BTW, is May 16 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. Anyone may register and attend. Details are at www.wiseriters. org. Click on Banquet under Awards tab.

Ann Angel‘s Things I’ll Never Say, Stories About Our Secret Selves of 15 stories by some amazing authors, came out in March. Ann says she’ll be doing a Secrets workshop for teachers and teens on April 18 at Barnes and Noble, Southland,  in Racine.


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New Wisconsin Kiddy Lit News

Here are January doings with Wisconsin’s stunningly talented writers for children and young adults that have crossed the CWW radar:

Gayle Rosengren says she’s “over the moon” that her MG historical fiction book, What the Moon Said, is among the outstanding children’s titles–especially, Gayle says, “those by Crystal Chan, Jamie Swenson, Ann Bausum, and Thelma Godin who are Wisconsin SCBWI friends!–that have been named CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) CHOICES for 2015.” Congratulations to all of you exceptional authors.

Silvia Acevedo’s debut young adult novel God Awful Loser, which she and her illustrator husband Jeff Miracola created under the auspices of Three Points Publishing, will be available this spring.

Janet Halfmann’s book Animal Teachers, was chosen by The Book Vine for Children, which lists and sells books for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, as a “Top 25 Pick for 2015.”  Here’s the link: https://www.bookvine.com/25-new-top-picks-for-2015.html

Please visit http://www.wiswriters.org for the most recent information about the CWW contests and awards banquet.


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Children’s Writers Report Successes

Prolific author Ann Bausum whose many excellent historical nonfiction books for middle grade and teen readers, which have been published by National Geographic, has a pair of new books out about a World War I heroic canine and his human companion.  Stubby the War Dog “served on 17 battlefronts, suffered wounds from crossfire, became a national celebrity, met three Presidents, and found a best friend in American soldier J. Robert Conroy,” according the the book blurb on Ann’s website. http://www.annbausum.com/stubby-twd.html.  Ann reports that the “California Reading Association recently announced its 2014 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards. Eight titles earned Gold awards, including my children’s title Stubby the War Dog.” The accompanying adult book is  Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation.  http://www.annbausum.com/stubby-sgt.html

Nanci Mortimer has signed a contract with Wooden Nickel Press for her first picture book, titled Electric Angel, which is due out next October.
The biography,  Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist, published by Quaker Books of FGC, which Jacqueline Houtman co-authored with Walter Naegle and Mike Long, is scheduled for release on Nov. 15. Jacqueline will be reading from the book on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at A Room of One’s Own bookstore, 315 W. Groham St. in Madison.
Janet Halfmann‘s Rainbow of Birds is available as an audio book, in Janet’s own voice! Here’s the link:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-rainbow-of-birds/id908869143?mt=11
Three of these authors, Ann, Jacqueline and Janet, are previous CWW Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award winners!

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Children’s Author to Stump for “Stubby”

Wisconsin writer/researcher extraordinaire Ann Bausum whose many historical nonfiction books have been published by National Geographic is speaking at two library-sponsored events this week. Here’s her announcement:

“Veteran’s Day approaches, and this commemoration is bringing my war dog friend Stubby some additional recognition. I’ll be speaking twice about “Stubby and his Favorite Doughboy” (aka Corporal Robert Conroy) at two upcoming events in Wisconsin.

You can catch us at the Belleville High School Auditorium in an event sponsored by the Belleville Public Library.

I’ll be speaking in the Community Room of the DeForest Public Library near Madison.

You’d be welcome to join me at either site. My program is packed with stories and photos and will be suitable for adults and families alike (children circa nine yrs old and up).

For a bit of additional background, visit Stubby on my author website:

Or, here’s a story that ran last week in the Janesville (WI) Gazette:

Also, in a bit of belated good news, I’ll report that the California Reading Association recently announced its 2014 EUREKA! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards. Eight titles earned Gold awards, including my children’s title Stubby the War Dog.”

As an aside, I gave Stubby the War Dog, a young reader’s companion book to Sergeant Stubby  to my grandson for his 8th birthday.

Like many kids, he knows quite a bit about World War II, he’s not much about World War I. He was thrilled to get Stubby and wanted to read it right there in the midst of other presents and birthday cake. Thanks, Ann!

Ann received CWW’s 2009 Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature Award for her Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American
Immigration, also published by National Geographic. Information about this year’s CWW contests is at http://www.wiswriters.org/rules.htm. The entry deadline is January 31, 2015.

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