Morales’ short story collection, Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories, is an award-winning book that narrates a set of racially charged events from a wide range of perspectives: a black teen protagonist, an elderly white neighbor and her best friend, a mixed-race Puerto Rican teenager, a Latina landlord, and others.
Meet Me Halfway by former CWW board member Jennifer Morales is a finalist in the or the Midwest Book Award in short fiction/anthology. The winners will be feted at the Midwest Independent Publishers Association’s annual awards ceremony in Minneapolis.
Best wishes to Jennifer.
Here’s the link to a fantastic interview of one author (and CWW board member), Jennifer Morales (Meet Me Halfway ) by another author, Dasha Kelly (Almost Crimson ). It’s a great and insightful read.
Learn more about Jennifer and CWW at www.wiswriters.org.
Wisconsin writer and CWW Board Member Jennifer Morales‘ book Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories, which has already received critical acclaim, has yet another accolade to its credit, in an over-the-moon review in the Chicago Book Review.
“Morales’s collection is truly masterful, diving deep into her characters and layering them one on top of another to weave the vibrant tapestry of the Rust Belt neighborhood,” reviewer Sarah Weber writes about Morales’ collection of nine interrelated short stories.
“Meet Me Halfway has already been chosen as the Common Reading Experience for the incoming class at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and this is a title that truly deserves that recognition,” Weber writes in her review, titled “Much More Than Half“. Weber praises Morales for telling “a Wisconsin story—a Midwest story—using one of the country’s most segregated cities as a backdrop. But the fact is that her message is evergreen and universally relevant, and her approach is gentle and insistent, preaching a vision of the future that makes room for every voice and every creed.”
You can’t hope for much more than that.
The Council for Wisconsin Writers at www.wiswriters.org is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin’s great literary heritage and to encourage excellence among today’s Wisconsin writers.
Congratulations to Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2010 Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction Award winner Ann Angel for making yesterday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s 100 Books for Your Summer Reading List for her new book, Things I’ll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, published by Candlewick Press. Ann not only edited this volume of fictional stories for young adults, she contributed a story as did her fellow Wisconsite and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators member Emily Kokie. To find her listing, click on the link above or go to http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/books/100-books-for-your-summer-reading-list-b99487141z1-305465031.html. Scroll down to the last catagory, BOOKS FOR CHILDREN and TEENS. Things I’ll Never Say is the last entry.
Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories by CWW board member Jennifer Morales is included in the category of BOOKS BY WISCONSIN WRITERS. Meet Me Halfway is published by the University of Wisconsin Press. Morales accompanied her recent book tour with fascinating blog posts that include reactions to and conversations prompted by her sitting in open spaces with a large sign that read, “Please Talk With Me About Race.” Her blog is at http://moraleswrites.com/blog/.
CWW’s 2014 recipient of an Zona Gale Short Fiction honorable mention, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Liam Callanan for his “Exhibit A” story, is also listed in the BOOKS BY WISCONSIN WRITERS category. His Listen & Other Stories is published by Four Way Books.
Other books in the category of Books by Wisconsin Writers are:
Beneath the Bonfire: Stories (Thomas Dunne Books), by Nickolas Butler.
Bike Battles: A History of Sharing The American Road (University of Washington Press), by University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, historian James Longhurst.
Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (Bloomsbury), by Sandy Tolan.
The Jesus Cow: A Novel (Harper), by Michael Perry.
Long Black Curl (Tor), by Alex Bledsoe.
Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker (Random House), by president of Green Bay’s St. Norbert College Thomas Kunkel.
The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods (Wisconsin Historical Society Press), by Ron Legro and Avi Lank.
Rise From the River (Main Street Rag), by Kathie Giorgio.
They Are All My Family (PublicAffairs), by John P. Riordan with Monique Brinson Demery.
The literary talent in this state is astounding!
Read more about CWW award winners at www.wiswriters.org/year.htm.
Daniel Golden, who is Boswell Book Company owner and recipient of this year’s Christopher Latham Sholes Award to be presented at the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ Awards Banquet on May 16, has listed his favorite newly released books, all by authors with Wisconsin ties:
“Almost Crimson” by Dasha Kelly
“The Jesus Cow” by Michael Perry
“Meet Me Halfway” by Jennifer Morales
“Days of Awe” by Lauren Fox
“Rise from the River” by Kathie Giorgio
“A Winsome Murder” by James DeVita
“A Field Guide to Awkward Silences” by Alexandra Petri
“Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” by Sandy Tolan
“Elsie de Wolfe’s Paris” by Charlie Scheips
“The China Mirage” by James Bradley
“The Man Who Painted the Universe: The Story of a Planetarium in the Heart of the North Woods” by Ron Legro & Avi Lank
“Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South” by Andrew Maraniss
For more information about the CWW Awards Banquet and to make reservations to help celebrate Daniel Golden’s award and the authors he helps promote, whose work is also being recognized, please go to www.wiswriters.org/2015%20banquet.htm