2018 Literary Award Winner

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author photoThe Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) is pleased to announce the 2018 Literary Award winner: Dan Egan for The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, published by W. W. Norton & Company. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2018.

The Great Lakes―Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior―hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is a compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and a senior water policy fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences. He has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, he lives in Milwaukee with his wife and children.