Midwestern authors and illustrators from Minnesota to Missouri beat out east and west coast competitors to take home a number of youth media awards given recently by the American Library Association. St. Louisan Antony John’s Five Flavors of Dumb won the Schneider Family Book Award for “artistic expression of a disability experience.” The book features a deaf protagonist taking on the challenge of managing an unruly high school rock band. Brian Katcher, of Moberly, Missouri, won the Stonewall Children and Young Adult’s Literature Award for “best embodying the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered experience.” Almost Perfect is set in a small Missouri town and tackles the difficult life of a young transsexual. According to School Library Journal,it is “a remarkably ‘clean’ book dealing with sexuality and identity … challenging prejudice and intolerance.”
Other Midwestern winners:
Clare Vanderpool of Wichita, Kansas – Newberry for Moon Over Manifest
Illustrator Erin E. Stead of Ann Arbor, Mich. – Caldicott for A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee of Minneapolis, Minn. –Theodor Geisel Seuss for Bink and Gollie.
Ann Angel of Milwaukee, Wisc. – YALSA for Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing
Antony John, along with other local authors Jody Feldman (Gollywhopper Games, The Seventh Level) and Cole Gibson (Katana, due out in 2012), will be at the St. Louis City Library’s Buder branch Tuesday, January 18, 6:00 p.m. They will discuss with teen writers the craft of writing and the road to publication. This is a free event. Puddn’head Books will provide the authors’ books for sale and signing.
St. Louis City Library, Buder Branch
4401 Hampton Ave, St. Louis, 63109