2014 WLA Literary Award: Librarians Honor Larry Watson for "Let Him Go"
WLA's Literary Awards Committee has chosen Let Him Go by Larry Watson, who taught at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 25 years before joining the faculty at Marquette University, as the winner of the 2014 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a book published in 2013.
Let Him Go is the story of George and Margaret Blackledge, living in 1951 North Dakota. They’ve lost their only son and now their 4-year-old grandson has been taken away as well. Margaret is determined to get him back and George, who is just about done with life, nevertheless does what he can to help her. “Watson is the master of spare prose. Let Him Go is quietly riveting as Watson explores just what’s worth fighting for and the sacrifices people are willing to make,” said Jane Jorgenson, Chair of the Literary Awards Committee.
The Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award is made possible by a grant from the WLA Foundation.
Also recognized this year are Margaret George, Aldo Leopold and Norbert Blei as 2014 Notable Authors for their bodies of work. Margaret George is the writer of in-depth, critically acclaimed, historical fiction. Aldo Leopold’s seminal Sand County Almanac is an environmental classic and his Game Management is still used in classrooms today. Norbert Blei was a writer-in-residence at The Clearing in Door County for 40 years and many of his titles reflect his time spent there.
The 2014 Outstanding Achievement awards for 2013 publications also include the following 10 titles by Wisconsin authors:
•Wisp of a Thing, Alex Bledsoe (Mount Horeb)
•Sea Creatures, Susanna Daniel (Madison)
•The Girls of Shipwreck Lane, Kelly Harms (Madison)
•My Life as a Silent Movie, Jesse Lee Kercheval (Madison)
•Lessons from the Heartland: A Turbulent Half-Century of Public Education in an Iconic American City, Barbara Miner (Milwaukee)
•Wise Men, Stuart Nadler (Madison)
•Red Moon, Benjamin Percy (Stevens Point)
•Useful Enemies: John Demjanjuk and America's Open-Door Policy for Nazi War Criminals, Richard Rashke (Milwaukee)
•Jewelweed, David Rhodes (Wonewoc)
•The Edge of the Earth, Christina Schwarz (Pewaukee)
The 2014 Outstanding Achievement in Poetry awards for 2013 titles include the following 5 titles by Wisconsin authors:
•But Our Princess Is in Another Castle, B. J. Best (Waukesha)
•Glass Armonica, Rebecca Dunham (Milwaukee)
•A Theory of Lipstick, Karla Huston (Appleton)
•Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love, Charles P. Ries (Sheboygan)
•War, Chuck Rybak (Green Bay)