Robin DeMattia won third place in the Florida Press Association weekly newspapers features non-profile category during the association's annual conference in August. Robin has been a freelance journalist and marketing consultant for 27 years. Associated website
My entry to the Reported Narrative contest at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, Flight of the Condor: From Brink to Precipice, was awarded second place. The 5,000-word narrative tells how condors, after coming close to extinction, have been restored through captive breeding, but now face lethal poisoning in their native habitat due to lead ammunition. The prize included a nice trophy and $2,000. Writers who enter are invited to a workshop to improve their work with other editors and writers. I'll now take their suggestions and rewrite the story for publication in Ten Spurs in December. Associated website
Christine Adamec coauthored The Grandfamily Guidebook: Wisdom and Support for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Hazelden, 2018) with Andrew Adesman, MD. The authors spent two years researching and writing this groundbreaking book, which offers practical financial, legal, medical, and emotional advice for readers. The book includes anecdotes, sidebars, and links that grandparents and professionals will appreciate. The authors have received accolades from prominent physicians, psychologists, a former Surgeon General, and other luminaries and the foreword was written by William Sears, MD. Adamec has been raising her 12-year-old grandson since he was six months old.
My new book, Ghosts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, will be publishing October 1 with The History Press. The book covers ghost stories in the UP and combines them with historical research to create a full picture of the truth behind the stories.
Rachel Nuwer's first book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking (Da Capo), comes out September 25. The book explores the forces driving illegal wildlife trade, the impacts on the ground, and the possible solutions. Reporting took Nuwer to a dozen countries, including jungles in Vietnam, medicinal blackmarkets in China and a notorious prison in South Africa. Associated website