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2012 Literary Award: WLA honors Chad Harbach for "The Art of Fielding"

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The Literary Awards Committee of the Readers’ Section of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach of Charlottesville, VA as the winner of the 2012 Wisconsin Library Association Literary Award. This award is given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author for a book published in 2011. In his debut novel, "The Art of Fielding," Chad Harbach examines the lives of 5 people and the ways in which their paths intersect at the fictional Westish College in Wisconsin. Henry Skrimshander is recruited to play baseball by sophomore Mike Schwartz. Through Schwartz’s intervention, Henry is admitted late and finds housing with Owen, another star on the team. Schwartz and Owen take Henry under their wing to help him adjust to the world of academia. Guert Affenlight, the college president, finds himself falling helplessly in love after what seems a lifetime alone as a single...