FOOTNOTES
August 6, 2019

In This Issue:

Third Thursday, Book Awards Winners & Finalists, Upcoming Classes, & More 

August Third Thursday: 

The Art of Personal Essays 

Thursday, August 15, 2019 
7 p.m.
BookPeople (3rd floor) 
603 North Lamar Blvd. 
Austin, TX 78703 

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Perhaps the defining literary work of the past decade has been the personal essay. An explosion of online literary venues has created more possibilities than ever for individuals to write and publish their real-life stories. This panel of authors will explore the shape that personal essays can take, the perspectives and mechanics of successful essays, and suggestions for where to find models for your own.

Find the event on  Facebook  and on  our website.








Congratulations to our 2018 Book Award Winners, Finalists & Discovery Prize Winners!

Year after year, a new crop of important and worthy books by Texas writers is added to the literary landscape. 2018 was no exception and we couldn't be more honored to recognize the books and authors listed here as our 2018 Writers' League of Texas Book Award Winners, Finalists, and Discovery Prize Winners.

Fiction

Winner:
LITTLE by Edward Carey

Finalists:
DAUGHTER OF A DAUGHTER OF A QUEEN by Sarah Bird
THE WHICH WAY TREE by Elizabeth Crook
PRESIDIO by Randy Kennedy 
SHE WOULD BE KING by  Wayétu Moore
EVERYONE KNOWS YOU GO HOME by Natalia Sylvester 

Discovery Prize Winner:
DEATH TO THE BULLSHIT ARTISTS OF SOUTH TEXAS by Fernando A. Flores 


Nonfiction

Winner: 
THE RECKONINGS: ESSAYS by Lacy M. Johnson

Finalists:
FISHERMAN'S BLUES by Anna Badkhen 
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: DISPATCHES FROM THE BORDER by Francisco Cantú 
AN UNLIKELY JOURNEY: WAKING UP FROM MY AMERICAN DREAM by Julián Castro 
TICKER: THE QUEST TO CREATE AN ARTIFICIAL HEART by Mimi Swartz

Discovery Prize Winner:
BEYONCÉ IN FORMATION: REMIXING BLACK FEMINISM by Omise'eke Tinsley 


Poetry

Winner:
REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES: POEMS by Tarfia Faizullah 

Finalists:
WITH THE DOGSTAR AS MY WITNESS by John Fry 
SKY THE OAR by Stacy R. Nigliazzo 
GIRLDOM by Megan Peak 
ARSONIST by Joaquin Zihuatanejo 

Discovery Prize Winner:
GIRL PAPER STONE by Laurie Filipelli 


Middle Grade/Young Adult

Winner:
THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson 

Finalists:
I'M NOT MISSING by Carrie Fountain 
ALL THE STARS DENIED by Guadalupe García McCall 
THE HOUSE IN POPLAR WOOD by K.E. Ormsbee 
THE PROPHET CALLS by Melanie Sumrow 

Discovery Prize Winner:
SECRETS OF THE CASA ROSADA by Alex Temblador 


Picture Book

Winner:
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A VOICE LIKE THAT? THE STORY OF EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA JOHNSON by Chris Barton

Finalists:
PENGUIN & TINY SHRIMP DON'T DO BEDTIME! by Cate Berry
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S DUELING WORDS by Donna Janell Bowman
ALABAMA SPITFIRE: THE STORY OF HARPER LEE AND TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Bethany Hegedus 
LUCY AND THE STRING by Vanessa Roeder 

Discovery Prize Winner:
THE BOOK THAT JAKE BORROWED by Susan Kralovansky

Congratulations to all!

We'll celebrate all of our honorees with a toast at our WLT booth at the Texas Book Festival in October. 

ONLINE CLASS 
Creating, Using, and Selling Your Copyright    
with Melynda Nuss 
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
 
Learn the basics of protecting your copyright, using other authors' copyrighted material (fair use), and negotiating contracts to sell your copyrighted work to publishers and others.
 
If you've wondered whether you have to place any sort of mark on your copyrighted material to indicate that it's copyrighted, take this class.
 
If you're using song lyrics in your writing, take this class. Or, if you have questions about publishing contracts, take this class. 
 
Registration closes Wednesday, August 7, at 5 p.m. All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week. 
IN-PERSON CLASS 
Forget Discipline: How to Want Your Way Through Writing A Book
with ire'ne lara silva
 
Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
St. Edwards University, Trustee Hall 303 
3001 S. Congress Ave. 
Austin, TX 78704
 
In this class, we absolutely will not talk about 'stealing time,' writing schedules, writing on a daily basis, creating a physical space for writing, word counts, or creating outlines. Every time the word 'discipline' is spoken, the group will loudly boo, bang pots and pans, or stomp their feet in emphatic opposition. What we will discuss here is inspiration and imagination. We'll investigate what it means to start or re-start a book project, connecting with the root of our desire to write, to create, to speak, to share. We'll interrogate the internal/external obstacles that keep us from the work we long to do. We'll question everything we've ever thought writing or writers have to be. This class will focus on sharpening our hunger to write-day after day, week after week, month after month.
 
If you're writing a novel, memoir, or short stories, take this class. 

If you tend to lose steam after working on a project for a while, take this class.  
 
Registration closes Thursday, August 22 at 5 p.m. CST. 
News

Donna Dechen Birdwell  (Austin) launched her fourth novel,  Not Knowing , at Malvern Books on July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, an event significant to her story. In this new book, Donna steps away from the dystopian world of her Recall Chronicles, to tell the story of Meg Fitzellen, an archaeologist whose Mayan dig in Belize seems destined to force her to exhume events from her own past that she'd rather keep buried. Meanwhile, her husband (who writes about time travel) plots a most unwelcome birthday surprise.  

George Arnold  (Garland) reports that Eakin Press has released his 11th book in the bilingual Cats of the CIA set. Your Mama's Not in Yokohama  includes a 750 word vocabulary and pronunciation guide in Japanese. 
 
Interested in having your news listed here? Current Writers' League members can submit their news to member@writersleague.org. Announcements should adhere to the following guidelines: third-person, starting with your first and last name, followed by your city of residence, maximum 50 words. We may edit your announcement for style and clarity.  
 
Open Office Hours
 
Sign up for a one-on-one meeting with a WLT staffer!  On the second Thursday of every month, the Writers' League is happy to open its doors for an opportunity to schedule a 30 minute meeting with a staff member in person or over the phone. Bring all of your burning questions on the craft and business of writing!
Writer Classifieds 
 
Looking for a writing group or critique partner?
Look no further than our Writer Classifieds. Current Writers' League members can submit their name, contact information, and additional details to be included as a listing on a private page on our website.
Coming Up @ WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines, and Other Events Across the State

August 7
     Online Class   
     Registration closes Wednesday, August 7, at 5 p.m.  
     All registrants will have access to the class recording for one week.  
 
August 15
     BookPeople, Austin, TX  
 
August 24
     St. Edward's University, Austin, TX  
 
September 5 
     Location: Writers' League of Texas offices   
 
September 11
     Online Class  
 
September 21
     McCullough County Library, Brady, TX
 
September 28
     Lakehills Area Library, Lakehills, TX 

October 5
Mary Welhausen Library, Yoakum, TX

October 12 
Bandera Public Library, Bandera, TX


This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to  www.arts.texas.gov .  

This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities,
visit www.arts.gov.
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