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Wellman, Michael

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Comments from the author about writing: When I finally wrote my first book I was past 50 and sore in ways that can only stem from having resisted too long what I most ached to do. Happily, writing is not like [physical] gymnastics where potential exhausts at a young age. It satisfies me more than anything delicious ever has. That anyone else might also derive satisfaction from something I wrote is as unnecessary and as welcome as whipped cream atop a sundae. I think writing is what I am supposed to do.

Literary awards received and date received:

  • Finalist; regional fiction in the 2014 Indie Book Awards for Versus the Demons
  • Finalist; regional nonfiction in the 2009 Indie Book Awards for Far From the Trees

Book Types: Fiction, Nonfiction

Audience Types: Adult

Genre: Memoir/narrative, Historical Fiction

Are you willing to do programs for schools, libraries, or other groups? Yes

If you are willing to do programs, will you charge a fee? No standard fees; expense reimbursement for travel outside of Des Moines area is negotiable...

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County: Polk

Books By This Author

  • Versus the Demons, Outskirts Press, Denver, CO, 2013.
  • STUBS: A Father's Tickets to the Greatest Shows on Earth, Outskirts Press, Denver, CO, 2010.

  • Far From the Trees: The Troubled Sons of an American Neighborhood, Outskirts Press, Denver, CO, 2008.

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