Agate Nesaule wins Chancellor's Regional Literary Award

October 04, 2010

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will honor one of its own with the sixth annual UW-Whitewater Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award. The 2010 recipient is Madison resident Agate Nesaule. She will be honored for her body of work including her memoir “A Woman in Amber” and her novel “In Love with Jerzy Kosinski.”

Nesaule was born in Latvia, immigrated to Indiana and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a professor in the English and Women’s Studies departments at UW-Whitewater, retiring in 1996.

“A Woman in Amber” shares Nesaule’s life in war-torn Europe and her arrival in the Midwest at the age of 12. “In Love with Jerzy Kosinski” deals with issues of immigration and the aftermath of war.

“A Woman in Amber” received an American Book Award and has been translated into six languages.

“It is wonderful to honor someone who has given so much to UW-Whitewater,” Chancellor Richard Telfer said. “Agate’s stories continue to resonate today and we look forward to introducing a new generation of students to her outstanding works.”

The Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award honors a living author who has demonstrated a regional connection to the Upper Midwest in his or her published works of prose, poetry, nonfiction or drama.

The first award was given in April 2006 to C.J. Hribal, a professor at Marquette University, for his novel, “The Company Car.” In April 2007, A. Manette Ansay was honored for her body of work including “Vinegar Hill,” “Limbo” and “Blue Water.” In April 2008, Michael Perry was given the honor for his body of work including “Population 485” and “Truck: A Love Story.” In October 2008, Jane Hamilton was honored for her body of work including “A Map of the World” and “The Book of Ruth.” In October 2009, David Rhodes was honored for “Driftless.”

“We’re proud of the authors who have received this award. It’s a diverse group that shows the richness of the writers who have taken up stories about our corner of the world,” Telfer said.

Nesaule will be honored with a reading on the UW-Whitewater campus at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2010. The event will be held in the Timmerman Auditorium in Timothy J. Hyland Hall on the UW-Whitewater campus. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will be held after the reading.


Sara Kuhl