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SMA LITERARY AWARDS ENTRY DEADLINE FEB.
of Midland Authors Literary Competition for books published
in 2006 is now underway. From its inception in 1915, the Society
has honored outstanding authors and poets.
BRADBURY BIOGRAPHER SHARES MASTER'S LESSONS
Society presents awards of cash and recognition plaques to winners
in the categories of adult fiction and nonfiction, biography,
poetry and children's fiction and nonfiction published in the
previous year. The juried competition is open to authors and
poets who reside in, were born in, or have strong ties to the
2002, the James Friend Memorial Award for Literary Criticism
is also presented under our aegis. In addition, at the discretion
of the Society's officers and board of directors, lifetime achievement
awards are presented to individuals who have donated their time
and energies to assist the Society over a period of years and
authors recognized for their contributions to Midwestern letters.
include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
is Carol Jean Carlson.
By Richard Frisbie
of more than 500 published works, winner of the National Book
Award, the National Medal of Arts and the National Book Foundation
Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Ray
Bradbury obviously knows how to do what he does.
At the Jan.
9 SMA meeting in the Chicago Athletic Association, his biographer,
Sam Weller, shared some of the literary "pearls of wisdom"
he picked up during four years of interviews with the master:
- Write about
what you love. Such childhood fascinations as the night sky,
rocket ships, circuses and Bradbury's home town, Waukegan, keep
emerging in his writing.
- Work hard.
After a slow start, Bradbury disciplined himself to write a
story a week. The first year, he sold three out of 52. Then
six the second year and 12 out of 52 the third year.
By that time,
his stories were being anthologized. Despite Bradbury's literary
stature, Weller said, the publishing establishment has been
confused by Bradbury's work.
to shelve his books with science fiction, but sci-fi writers
complain about his loose approach to science.
said, Bradbury "writes about the human condition,"
and it doesn't matter if he "gives Mars two moons."
- Be "tenacious."
Bradbury kept giving his books, unsolicited, to John Huston.
At first, Huston ignored him, but eventually Huston asked Bradbury
to write the screen play for Moby Dick.
can't do is write nonfiction. He's too disorganized to keep
track of his notes. Weller told of helping Bradbury find a royalty
check that had gone missing in a huge pile of papers and documents
on his dining room table.
OTHER MEMBER NEWS
It was for $200,000.
tip, which he followed in writing The Bradbury Chronicles
(winner of last year's SMA nonfiction award): become a fanatic
His first step
in beginning his 145,000-word Bradbury biography was to buy
a filing cabinet.
Tell Yourself a Story About You
a story to tell, but how do you tell your own story? As part
of its ongoing author series, Northwestern University's Center
for the Writing Arts features Michele Weldon, NU assistant professor
and author of the memoir, I Closed My Eyes, in the lecture,
"So you Want to Write a Memoir" Thursday, Feb. 8 at
4 p.m. at the Pick-Laudati Block Museum of Art at Northwestern
University, Evanston, Ill.
No Ivory-Billed Woodpecker
When Joel Greenberg
saw a mockingbird in December near Lake Michigan, local newspapers
and radio stations reported the news.
As author of
A Natural History of the Chicago Region, he is a respected
expert. Although mockingbirds live in the south, if he said
he saw a mockingbird, no one doubted that one somehow had found
its way north.
Love and Murder
Dale will appear on a panel with Max Allan Collins and Gary
Niebuhr at the Love is Murder/Of Dark and Stormy Nights annual
mystery conference at the Wyndham O'Hare hotel near Chicago
on Feb. 4. They'll discuss the "History of Mystery ."
Automotive Journalistic Excellence
biography, Walt Hansgen, His Life and the History of Post-War
American Road Racing, has drawn praise from critics since
it was published in March.
On Dec. 18,
Argetsinger was awarded "Best of Books" and a gold
medal in the biography category during the 16th International
Automotive Media Awards Competition in Tucson.
Earlier in the
month at ceremonies in Los Angeles he was one of three finalists
for the Motor Press Guild's Dean Batchelor Award, recognizing
automotive journalistic excellence.
Tales Out of School
As part of the
spring reading series of the Poetry Center of Chicago, Billy
Lombardo will appear on a panel "sharing war stories from
education's front lines. Their work will focus on their experiences
with their students and stories from a child's perspective."
will be Daniel Ferri and Taylor Mali.They'll appear April 11
in the ballroom at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,
112 S. Michigan Ave.
Reservations Have Roads Too
Three SMA members
associated with the American Planning Association James
C. Schwab, Stuart Meck and Rebecca C. Retzlaff recently
combined to produce Tribal Transportation Programs: a Synthesis
of Highway Practice.
It's an aid
to the larger Native American reservations, which have problems
in common with county governments.
RECENT NEW MEMBERS
By Thomas Frisbie
is the author of several books for children and young adults.
Her first novel, Marika, was selected by the city of
Cincinnati for "On the Same page," a citywide reading
program. Honeysuckle House, Anna the Bookbinder
and Shanghai Messenger received Parent's Choice Awards.
Grandfather Counts was recently featured on Reading Rainbow.
Her books draw on her background as the child of Hungarian immigrants
as well as the background of her husband, the son of immigrants
Chinese at Cornell University, where she received a master's
degree in linguistics. She and her family have traveled to both
Budapest and Shanghai to get to know their extended families.
In addition to writing books for children, She teaches English
as a Second Language at Cincinnati State Technical and Community
College. She lives with her husband and their three children
longtime companion of Beverly Friend, sponsor of the James Friend
Memorial Award for Literary Criticism, died Dec. 23 of complications
from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.