Former Chautauquan Wins National Book Award

There’s no news quite as wonderful is learning that one of our writing “peeps” has grabbed the brass ring. Kathryn Erskine, who attended the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua as well as taking part in at least one Founders Workshop at Boyds Mills just won the National Book Award in the children’s category for Mockingbird. Go, Kathy! Kathy worked with two editors on the project–longtime Chautauqua faculty member and Philomel editor Patricia Lee Gauch and Tamra Tuller. I’ve heard Patti read excerpts from the book, but I haven’t read the whole thing yet. So Kathy can count on at least one more sale (laughter . .  .) as I rush off to Powell’s Books for a copy. I hope the rest of my writing peeps will check out Kathy’s book and rub it for luck . . . then get back to your laptops and get to work!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Kathy Doherty says:

    This is great news for Kathy Erskine!

    The rest of your peeps are following close behind!

    I like to daydream about the day I’ll sign copies of a book– my book. I just hope I’m not in a nursing home. And I hope by then I stop biting my cuticles and own a pen that doesn’t leak.


    1. kimgriswell says:

      Go ahead and buy a special “book signing only” pen right now. Label it and put it where you will see it every day. Put your belief in your writing to work by being ready!


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