2008 Notable Authors

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Edward Harris Heth 
Larry Watson

Edward Harris Heth (1909-1963) 

Edward Harris Heth was born in Milwaukee in 1909, attended the University of Wisconsin, and lived much of his adult life in Wales, Wisconsin.

He lived in New York and worked in advertising, but returned to the Welsh Hills where he lived with his partner, Bill Chancey. He wrote seven novels, some of which were semi-autobiographical, as well as a popular cookbook, The Wonderful World of Cooking. His novel,
Any Number Can Play, based on his gambling father, was turned into a movie starring Clark Gable. His book, My Life on Earth, is also semi-autobiographical. 

Heth passed away at his home in Wales on April 26, 1963.

Larry Watson (1947 - ) 

Larry Watson was born in 1947 in North Dakota, where he grew up and married his high school sweetheart. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from the University of North Dakota, his Ph.D. from the creative writing program at the
University of Utah, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Ripon College in Wisconsin. Watson has also received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1987, 2004) and the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Watson is the author of the novels In a Dark Time, Montana 1948, White Crosses, Laura, Orchard, and Sundown, Yellow Moon; the fiction collection Justice; and the poetry chapbook Leaving Dakota. Watson’s fiction has been published in foreign editions and has received prizes and awards from Critics’ Choice, Friends of American Writers, Milkweed Press, Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association, New York Public Library, and the Wisconsin Library Association. Montana 1948 was nominated for the first IMPAC Dublin international literary prize. He has twice won the Wisconsin Library Association’s Banta Award, in 1994 for Montana 1948 and in 2004 for Orchard.

Watson has published short stories and poems in Gettysburg Review, New England Review, North American Review, Mississippi Review, and other journals and quarterlies. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington
Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal- Sentinel, and other periodicals. His work has also been anthologized in Essays for Contemporary Culture,Imagining Home, Off the Beaten Path, Baseball and the Game of Life, The Most Wonderful Books, These
United States
 and Writing America.

Watson taught writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 25 years. He joined the faculty at Marquette University in 2003 as a Visiting Professor. He has also taught and participated in writers conferences in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Wisconsin, St. Malo and Caen, France.

Watson and his wife, Susan, live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They have two daughters, Elly and Amy, and two grandchildren, Theodore and Abigail.