MLA is pleased to announce that Gary Schmidt is the winner of the 2011 Michigan Author Award. Gary will be accepting his award at the annual MLA convention in Kalamazoo, MI.
This is the 20th year the award has been given in recognition of an outstanding body of fiction, non-fiction, poetry or playscripts. The work of the previous nineteen winners covers a wide range of styles but they all share a common connection to the state of Michigan. Gary Schmidt has been a resident of the Great Lakes State for over twenty years, first moving to Michigan in 1985 to join the faculty of Calvin College. He is still a member of the English Department at Calvin and over his years there has published a steady stream of fiction and nonfiction children’s books which have garnered much praise. His novel Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy was both a Newbery Honor Book and a Printz Honor Book in 2005 and three years later he received yet another Newbery Honor Book designation for The Wednesday Wars. His two most recently published young adult titles are Trouble (2008, Clarion) and Okay for Now (2010, Clarion). In tandem with these publications he has also produced a fascinating and eclectic body of scholarly work.
Gary received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently lives with his wife, author Elizabeth Stickney, and their six children on a farm in Alto, Michigan. Please join us at the Michigan Author Award luncheon, on Friday, October 28th, at 12:45, to see him accept his award and hear him speak. Tickets are available now for $25.00.