Youth Awards

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Author: Pamela Redmond Satran
2013 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

As three women search for identity and belonging, each faces a very personal decision that will reverberate across generations, tearing apart families, real and imaginary, perfect and flawed, but ultimately bringing them together again.--from publisher's description

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Author: Patrick Somerville
2013 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

A compelling story of young love and old secrets. Ben Hanson's aimless life has bottomed out after a series of bad decisions, but an unexpected offer from his father draws him home to Wisconsin. There, he finds his family fractured, still reeling from his cousin's mysterious death a decade earlier.

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Author: Michael Perry
2013 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

Acclaimed author Perry returns with the tale of Tom Hartwig, an old-timer best known locally for building and firing homemade cannons. Famous for driving a team of oxen in local parades, Tom has an endless reservoir of stories dating back to the days of his prize Model A.

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Author: Nathan Englander
2013 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

The author of the sensational national bestseller For the Relief of Unbearable Urges and The Ministry of Special Cases returns with a commanding new collection of short stories.

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Author: Chad Harbach
2012 WLA Literary Award - Winner

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 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.

Chad Harbach grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. Read the WLA Award Announcement.

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Author: Louise Nayer
2011 WLA Literary Award - Winner

Burned: A Memoir is a beautifully written, touching, and emotionally charged story of a family and the tragic event that changed their lives forever. Weezie is only 4 when the accident happens. Through her young eyes we see the struggle of her parents to recover not only their physical but emotional selves in the aftermath of horrific injuries. Weezie and her sister, swept away to other caregivers, struggle to understand what has happened and to believe they will be reunited with their parents.

Read the WLS Award Announcement

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Author: Deborah Blum
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

The untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. A pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others.

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Author: Nick Lantz
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement for Poetry

Nick Lantz explores the transformative power of tragic and miraculous experiences, through these poems that illuminate near misses of tragedy and transcendence. His gaze is both roving and microscopic--the "Challenger" explosion, Bigfoot, a love letter written from inside a missile silo, a mother naming and re-naming a family's short-lived pets, and a plea for post-9/11 redemption. Lantz never lets his subjects or his readers off the hook, plunging head first into worlds that are both eccentric and familiar, alarming and hopeful|.

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Author: Angela Sorby
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement for Poetry

Bird Skin Coat is brimming with startling moments of beauty found within a rusty and decayed landscape. With wild lyrical images of ascent and descent--doves and dives, sparrows and slugs, attics and cellars--this collection reflects Sorby's keen eye for blending image.

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Author: B. J. Best
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement for Poetry

An intimate collection of magical poems where birds behave as humans, experiencing love, loss, and faith.

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Author: Nick Lantz
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement for Poetry

Winner of the 2008 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize for Poetry, Nick Lantz's poems introduce a startling new voice. Taking its title from a dodging statement from former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, We Don't Know We Don't Know assesses what it means to claim new knowledge within a culture that professes to know everything already. The result is a poetry that upends the deeply and dangerously assumed concepts of such a culture--that new knowledge is always better knowledge, that history is a steady progress, that humans are in control of the natural order.

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Author: Joseph Skibell
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

When Dr. Jakob Josef Sammelsohn arrives in Vienna in the 1890s, he happens to meet Sigmund Freud, has a series of affairs, is haunted by the ghost of his abandoned wife, and eventually ends up in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. His adventures illuminate a Europe moving between a new scientific age and age-old superstitions and beliefs.

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Author: Danielle L. McGuire
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

A history of America's civil rights movement traces the pivotal influence of sexual violence that victimized African American women for centuries, revealing Rosa Parks's contributions as an anti-rape activist years before her heroic bus protest.

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Author: Mona Simpson
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

A wonderfully provocative and appealing novel, from the much-loved author of Anywhere But Here and A Regular Guy, her first in ten years. It tells the story of two women whose lives entwine and unfold behind the glittery surface of Hollywood.

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Author: Kathleen Schmitt Kline
2011 WLA Literary Award - Outstanding Achievement

eople of the Sturgeon : Wisconsins Love Affair with an Ancient Fish|WLA Literary Award|Outstanding Achievement|Kathleen Schmitt|Kline|People of the Sturgeon is a history of the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in Wisconsin’s Lake Winnebago region, told by a fascinating collection of photos, artifacts, and a few good fish tales. Wisconsin Historical Society