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!


About kimgriswell

I'm an author, an editor, a writing coach, and a workshop leader. I spend my days asking questions and looking (or listening) for answers, and thinking up ideas for new stories to write for my favorite audience: kids! I guess I'm just about as curious as Rufus Leroy Williams III, the intrepid pink hero of my picture book series from Sterling Publishing, is persistent. Did you know that in 5000 B.C. people blamed 'tooth worms' for their cavities? Neither did I until I developed THE HAUNTED OUTHOUSE for the Bathroom Reader's Institute. Turns out, ancient dentists filled the wormholes with metals like gold or silver. Except the Aztecs. They used a mix of iron, water, and belly-button lint. As you'll discover by reading RUFUS GOES TO SCHOOL, RUFUS GOES TO SEA, and RUFUS BLASTS OFF! I believe that reading opens up worlds for young people. Books did that for me, and I hope my books will do the same for today's kids.
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2 Responses to Former Chautauquan Wins National Book Award

  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.


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