David L. Harrison wins the Society of Midland Authors Book Award

David L. Harrison wins the Society of Midland Authors Book Award
David Harrison at Society of Midland Authors Banquet

I just returned from Chicago and the 2017 Book Awards banquet and ceremonies, which was sponsored by The Society of Midland Authors. Wow! What a party! I was there to receive the award for the best nonfiction children’s book by a midland author published in 2016, Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. Yay, Charlesbridge!



The event was held on the penthouse floor of this building.Society of Midland Authors







Talk about ambience! Master of Ceremonies was Keir Graff, Executive Editor for Booklist.

Keir Graf

And here I am giving a few remarks after receiving my award. David Harrison at Society of Midland Authors Banquet

The Society of Midland Authors was established in 1915 by a group of authors that SMA winnersincluded Clarence Darrow, Edna Ferber, William White, and James Whitcomb Riley. Others who soon joined included Ring Lardner, Edgar A. Guest, and Carl Sandburg. Over the years the list of those who have been honored for their books is long. I noticed that among them was Kurt Vonnegut, which brought back memories of a workshop I took under him at Indiana University one year.

I had a delightful time being among the six winners honored at this year’s event (adult fiction, adult nonfiction, adult biography & memoir, adult poetry, children’s fiction, and children’s nonfiction). I posed, signed books, visited, and basically soaked it all in. The event was made even better with my wife, Sandy, daughter, Robin, son, Jeff, and family friend, Jason Gertzen there to celebrate the special occasion.

David signing

Soaking it all in

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  • Donna Spurlock
Comments 5
  • David L. Harrison
    David L. Harrison

    Hi everyone,
    I haven’t seen all your comments yet. I’m told there are 100 or so of you who were kind enough to post a remark so I hope to see them all before much longer. Until then, many thanks. I’m grateful.

  • David L. Harrison
    David L. Harrison

    My thanks to everyone at Charlesbridge for wonderful support and encouragement from start to finish. I’m delighted to be paired with such a talented artist, Giles Laroche. Can’t wait to see our next book out there next spring. To have a book selected by the judges for The Society of Midland Authors as the 2017 winner for children’s nonfiction is high honor and one that I will always cherish. David

  • jeanne

    I’m applauding with my hands, feet and ears!

  • MIke White
    MIke White

    They could not have chosen better! Mighty proud to know you, David!

  • Deborah WIlliams
    Deborah WIlliams

    Congratulations, David! Well done, and well deserved!

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