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‘You’re Not You’ gets distributor

Michelle Wildgen, a Madison writer whose latest novel, “Bread and Butter,” was recently featured by the State Journal Book Club, will finally see her work on the big screen. Her first novel, “You’re Not You,” was made into a movie that had been in limbo without a distributor.

Variety reported last week that Entertainment One Films U.S. has acquired the North American distribution rights to the movie that stars Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel.

“You’re Not You” tells the story of a woman with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) who hires a college student as her caregiver. The movie will be released in theaters later this year.

Writers honored

The Council for Wisconsin Writers announced the 2014 winners and honorable mentions for the Wisconsin Writers’ Awards.

John Nichols of Madison claimed the CWW Major Achievement Award and will be the keynote speaker at the awards banquet on May 10 at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee.

Matt Cashion of La Crosse is winner of the Zona Gale Award for Short Fiction with “Awful Pretty,” published in Moon City Review. Margaret Benbow of Madison is recipient of an honorable mention for “Simeon Prophet and Johanna,” published in The Antioch Review.

Amaud Jamaul Johnson of Madison is winner of the Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award for “Darktown Follies” (Tupelo Press). Honorable mention goes to Seth Abramson of Madison for “Thievery” (University of Akron Press).

Rebecca Williams Spindler and Madelyn Spindler, Madison mother-daughter writers, receive honorable mention for “Moving Out and Moving On” (Little Creek Press.)

The Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award goes to Jesse Lee Kercheval of Madison for “My Life as a Silent Movie” (Indiana University Press, 2013).

The Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award for five individual poems goes to Jeanie Tomasko of Middleton; Rita Mae Reese of Madison receives an honorable mention.

A full list of winners can be found at

— Jeanne Kolker


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