Nonfiction Award: Interview with Sally Walker

At Midwinter 2010 in Boston, the winner of the inaugural YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults will be announced.’  To celebrate this award, the YALSA blog will be publishing interviews with some of the shortlisted authors.’  First is Sally M. Walker, author of Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland.

Written in Bone

Written in Bone

Written in Bone as described by the Nonfiction Award Committee:’  “By presenting a detailed examination into the work of different types of forensic archaeology at excavations in both Jamestown, Virginia, and Colonial Maryland, readers are rewarded with both a picture of this fascinating work and an appreciation for what it contributes to our knowledge of history.”

YALSA Blog:’  Congratulations on being included in the shortlist for the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults!’  What was your reaction to finding out you were on the shortlist for this first-ever award?

Sally Walker:’  My heart started racing, like I’d been using the elliptical at the YMCA. Of all my books, WRITTEN IN BONE is the dearest to my heart, so maybe that was the most fitting first response. Now, I’ve settled into incredibly happy. All in all, getting the news was a great way to start my day.

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