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

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on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Awards
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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...

WLA 2009: Lynda Barry "Writing the Unthinkable"

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on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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[How exciting to even be in the same room as Lynda Barry! I've got celebrity awe...]Writing the UnthinkableLynda Barry, multi-talented artistRecent book "What It Is" won WLA award Born in Wisconsin, again living in Wisconsinnervous sweat will Roschach you into a past life first breakup figured might as well get my wisdom teeth out - it already hurts singing to tune of Coalminers daughter - daughter of meat cutter and janitor from PhillipinesGerman Shepherd look "she doesn't look Filipino" - quarter Norwegian, and that'll suck the color right out of you All she ever wanted to do was move back to the Midwest Lives in "Greater Footville"Yahtzee - 2009 - award from Wisconsin libraries and now speaking to them - coma inducing excitement Librariesemily dickinson poems can be sung to many tunes - gershwin - loneliness as a good thing - library can sustain that kind of loneliness, good kind, of...

Lynda Barry's "What It Is" wins RR Donnelley Literary Award

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on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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The Literary Awards Committee of the Readers’ Section of the Wisconsin Library Association has chosen What It Is by Lynda Barry as the winner of the RR Donnelley Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author in 2009. What It Is appears at first to be an eccentric writer’s guide. In reality it is a densely-layered treatise on setting aside inhibition, following your dreams, and allowing your inner child to come out and play again. Lynda Barry offers us insight into how she overcame self-doubt, as well as the doubts of others, to follow her muse, and in the process become one of America’s leading cartoonists. Part memoir, part writer’s guide, Lynda does a brilliant job of using her own experiences to illustrate that each of us has the power to create within us. Two authors were chosen for their body of work as Notable Wisconsin Authors....