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Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award announced

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on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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The Children's Book Award Committee has selected the 2008 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla award winner, "Rabbit’s Gift: A Fable from China." Written by George Shannon and illustrated by Laura Dronzek, the book emphasizes the importance of friendship, community, and sharing. The warm, beautiful illustrations are a perfect complement to the story. Both the author and illustrator of this year’s book have significant Wisconsin ties. George Shannon lived in Eau Claire for many years, and Laura Dronzek lives in Madison.The committee also named seven titles as exemplary of Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Literature:"The Silenced" by James DeVita"The Perfect Nest" by Catherine Friend"The OK Book" illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld"Babies Can’t Eat Kimchee!" Written and illustrated by Susan L. Roth"Terrible Storm" illustrated by S.D. Schindler"Circle the Truth" by Pat Schmatz"Keeping Corner" by Kashmira ShethThe Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla award is given annually for excellence in children’s literature to a book by a book creator with Wisconsin ties. The...

WAPL - Luncheon: The Writer's Real Life, or Be Your Own Boss! Work at Home and Pray for Universal Coverage

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on Thursday, May 01, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Jay Rath is a Madison area journalist, playwright, and author. He is a third generation writer. Rhonda Puntney (WAPL) chair gave a personal introduction. Jay started by noting that tomorrow's lunch speaker is an athletic coach who would most likely talk about teamwork. He presented the opposing view, since writers work alone.He quoted Edna Ferber who said: "I hate writing, I adore having written. ..." Much of his work is free-lance which requires knowing about a lot of different areas. He therefore visits the Madison Public Library about every other day.He joked about rewriting Dickens' Tale of Two Cites for the 21st Century and used "smiley" icons for punctuations of the opening sentence. He then cited some of the stereotypes of writers with references to pop culture portrayals.It is really hard to capture the essence of a humor talk. Jay was a great speaker, a series of laughs. Great stories. He...