The Council for Wisconsin Writers, founded to honor Wisconsin writers published in the year just previous, has renamed the Kingery/Derleth Award for Book-Length Non-Fiction to the "Blei/Derleth Award for Book-Length Non-Fiction."
The change honors Door County writer Norbert G. Blei, who died April 23.
The first time this will be bestowed will be next May at the group's annual awards banquet in Milwaukee, which will also commemorate the Council's 50-year anniversary. The awards are named for prominent Wisconsin writers in their category and include: book-length fiction, short fiction, book-length non-fiction (including outdoor) and short non-fiction, as well as poetry book (at least 48 pages) Lorine Niedecker poetry award (five poems); children's literature, and high school essay.
Blei was presented with the Major Achievement Award by the Council in 1999 and also won awards for book-length nonfiction in 1981 ("Door Way") and short fiction in 1978 for "A Distance of Horses," which was included in his book "The House of the Sunshine Now."