ASJA Writing Awards Recipients

Outstanding Book

2009 General Nonfiction
Kimberly Lisagor and Heather Hansen
Disappearing Destinations
2009 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Kathy Seal and Wendy Grolnick
Pressured Parents, Stressed Out Kids

Extraordinary Service Award

Cecil Murphey

Career Achievement

Robin Marantz Henig

June Roth

2009 Medical
Linda Marsa
Acid Test
2009 Medical
Douglas Fox
The Private Life of the Brain
New Scientist
2009 Medical
Katherine Eban
Your Hospital's Deadly Secret

Outstanding Article

2009 First Person
Margie Goldsmith
In a Way, He Took Our Lives, Too
2009 First Person
Kristin Ohlson
Watching TV in Kabul
New York Times Magazine
2009 Profile
Shari Caudron
5280, Denver's Magazine
2009 Profile
Todd Pitock
The Toughest Adventurer?
Discovery Channel Magazine
2009 Profile
Andrea Cooper
Am I Nothing But What I Remember?
Neurology Now
2009 Service
Florence Williams
Is it Safe to Heat Food in Plastic?
Good Housekeeping
2009 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Siri Carpenter
Buried Prejudice
Scientific American Mind
2009 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Florence Williams
The Runner's Footprint
Runner's World
2009 Reporting on a Significant Topic
Michelle Nijhuis
The Doubt Makers
2009 Trade
JoAnn Greco
La Vida Local
2009 Trade
Michele Meyer
When Old Meets New
IIDA Perspective
2009 Trade
John Rosengren
Lakers vs. Globetrotters--1948
Mlps. St. Paul
2009 Business/Technology
Michael Fitzgerald
Clawing Back
Boston Globe Magazine
2009 Business/Technology
Michael Fitzgerald
Fast Company
2009 Business/Technology
Michele Meyer
The Secret Power of Tweens
USA Weekend Magazine

Outstanding Book

2009 General Nonfiction
John Rosengren
Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty & The Say Hey Kid
2009 General Nonfiction
Cheryl Harris Sharman
Nightshift NYC
U. of California
2009 Service, Self-Help, Collaboration
Tina Adler
Alzheimer's Action Plan
St. Martin's Press
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    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
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    – Marguerite Yourcenar
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    – Somerset Maugham
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    – Christopher Hampton
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    – Lawrence Kasdan
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    –Wilson Mizner
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    – Flannery O'Connor
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    – Lawrence Welk
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    – Douglas Adams
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    – Stephen Wright
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    – Robert Benchley
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    – Andrew Jackson
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    – Richard Curtis
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    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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    –Somerset Maugham
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    – Stephen King
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    – Chang–rae Lee
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    –Samuel Johnson