September 22, 2020
Announcing the 2019 WLT Book Awards Winners, Finalists, and Discovery Prize Winners!

As it has with so many things these past several months, the pandemic impacted our timeline for our annual awards, pushing this announcement back from mid July to mid September. But we're happy to report that our traditional celebratory toast will not be delayed - we'll be raising a glass to our honorees (with virtual champagne) during the (also virtual) Texas Book Festival. And you're all invited! Stay tuned for more details.

In the meantime, we are hopeful that this news, at this time, adds a bright spot to 2020 for our honorees and the many readers who have enjoyed their wonderful books - plus those readers who may soon discover a new favorite book or author on this list. Here's to all of the stories and storytellers - across Texas and beyond - who transport us, challenge us, and guide us, year after year, through even the most difficult of times.

Please join us in congratulating:

Fiction 
Winner: 
The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Finalists: 
Where We Come From by Oscar Cásares
A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin
Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke
The Electric Hotel by Dominic Smith
Lot: Stories by Bryan Washington

Discovery Prize Winner: 
Watershed by Mark Barr

Nonfiction 
Winner: 
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Finalists: 
Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas by Stephen Harrigan
How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser
The Weil Conjectures: On Math and the Pursuit of the Unknown by Karen Olsson

Discovery Prize Winner: 
This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession by Cameron Dezen Hammon
 
Poetry 
Winner: 
The Tiny Journalist: Poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

Finalists: 
The Last Visit by Chad Abushanab
I Will Destroy You: Poems by Nick Flynn
Another Last Day by Alex Lemon
Newsworthy: Poems by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton

Discovery Prize Winner: 
Ceremony of Sand: Poems by Rodney Gomez

Middle Grade & Young Adult 
Winner: 
Redwood and Ponytail by K.A. Holt

Finalists: 
The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel
Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl's Brave Fight to Walk by Meredith Davis and Rebeka Uwitonze
Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Discovery Prize Winners: 
Eloia Born by Britta Jensen
Manufactured Witches by Michelle Rene

Picture Books 
Winner: 
Ella McKeen, Kickball Queen by Beth Mills

Finalists: 
Chicken Break! A Counting Book by Cate Berry
King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara by Donna Janell Bowman
Instructions Not Included: How a Team of Women Coded the Future by Tami Lewis Brown and Debbie Loren Dunn
A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal by Carmen Oliver

WLT Members! What started out as a fun and low-key get-together at our UnConference and Summer Writing Retreat is now going to be a monthly event!

Monthly Member Movie Night is happening, folks - and we want to see you there.

This month, our options are The Castle of Cagliostro, the Karate Kid, and Sleepless in Seattle. All of these movies are classics in their own ways. The Castle of Calgiostro is the movie debut of anime director and writer Hayao Miyazaki, the founder of Studio Ghibli. The Karate Kid is mostly remembered now as just another part of 80s schlock, but actually has some deeper things running just under the surface. Finally, Sleepless in Seattle is a rom-com classic among classics by the Queen of Romance, Nora Ephron.

Think about what you want to watch and join us Thursday, September 24th at 8:00 p.m. CDT on Zoom to vote for your choice. We'll watch together, enjoy some running commentary in the chat box, and spend some time with fellow members. Pretty hard to beat that for a Thursday night!

EMAIL MEMBER@WRITERSLEAGUE.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION!
Coming up at WLT
Classes, Free Programs, Deadlines and other events across the state:

September 22
This class is sold out.

September 23
This class is sold out.

September 26
Registration closes on Friday, September 25 at 5 pm CDT.

October 2

October 3
Deadline to submit a scene for workshopping is Wednesday, September 23.

WLT Presents One Page Salon -- Live webinar

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