Feature speaker: Biography Ann Weisgarber – Award winning novelist
Ann is the author of three historical novels. She will share with us what motivated her to become a writer, along with the inside story of what it takes to get a novel published and to have the film rights optioned.
Her first novel, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, is set in the South Dakota Badlands in 1917. It won the Stephen Turner Award for New Fiction and the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction. JuVee Productions has optioned the film rights and Viola Davis will play Rachel DuPree. Filming is scheduled for 2018.
Ann’s second novel, The Promise, takes place in 1900 on Galveston Island at the time of America’s worst natural disaster. It was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, was the finalist for the Spur Award for Best Western Historical Fiction, and was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award for Fiction.
She is currently winding up work on The Glovemaker, which will be published in 2018. It is set in Utah’s deep canyon country during the winter of 1888.
Originally from Ohio, Ann has called Texas home for decades and lives with her husband, Rob, on Galveston Island.