2019 Literary Award Winner

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DSC_6045.jpgThe Literary Awards Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association is pleased to announce that Chloe Benjamin’s novel The Immortalists is the Literary Award winner for 2019. The award is for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a work written in 2018.

The Immortalists follows the lives of four siblings living in New York’s Lower East Side in 1969. Drawn to a mystic woman who claims to divine the date of one’s death, the Gold children learn their futures. The prophecies hang over the Gold family for the next forty years as they grapple with choices over fate, science versus nurture and what they owe to themselves and each other. Author and retired professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin Judith Claire Mitchell called The Immortalists “a beautifully written page-turner…a thoughtful and tender look at how we live our lives in our fraught and perilous times.”

In addition to The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin is the author of The Anatomy of Dreams, which won the Edna Ferber Fiction Book Prize. She has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin and lives in Madison with her husband.