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A Baby at Last! Wins An Outstanding Book Award from ASJA

In a bit of shameless promotion, I’m proud to state that the American Society of Journalists and Authors (of which I’m a long-time member and past president) just announced its list of ASJA 2011 Awards, and A Baby at Last! won an honorable mention in the Outstanding Book Service/Self-help category:

The awards will be presented on April 29 during the 40th Annual ASJA Writers Conference, which will be held in New York City, April 29 – May 1, 2011.

Here’s a list of all the award winners:

2011 Award Winners

Outstanding Book Awards

General Nonfiction:

Winner: Murder in the High Himalaya (Public Affairs) — Jonathan Green

Honorable mentions:

The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and their Tale of Rescue and Redemption (Gotham) — Jim Gorant

The Tin Ticket: The Heroic Journey of Australia’s Convict Women (Berkley Books) — Deborah J. Swiss


Winner: Crossing the Heart of Africa (Harper Perennial) — Julian Smith


Winner: Green Sense (The Taunton Press) — Kevin Daum

Honorable mentions: A Baby at Last (Simon & Schuster) — Mark Fuerst

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing (Writers Digest Books) — Marilyn Ross


Winner: My Orange Duffel Bag (Operation Orange Media) — Echo Garrett

Outstanding Article Awards Business/Technology

Winner: “Take us to the River” (Fast Company) — Michael Fitzgerald

Honorable Mentions:

“Entry Fee” (Proto) — Rachael Moeller Gorman

“How to Save the Grasslands” ( — Judith Schwartz

First-person (personal experience or dramatic narrative)

Winner: “My Mother’s Brain” (D Magazine) — Beatriz Terrazas

Honorable mention:

“Do it Yourself Genetics” (Duke Magazine) — Barry Yeoman


Winner: “A Strange and not Unpleasant Experience” (Bicycling Magazine) — Florence Williams

Honorable mention:

“Timeless Sardines” (Leite’s Culinaria) Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco

Personal essay/opinion/op-ed

Winner: “Taking Grief Step by Step” (Whole Living) — Judi Ketteler

Honorable mention:

“Hometown Exile” (Texas Observer) — Beatriz Terrazas


Winner: “How Mya Saved Jacob” (Spirit Magazine) — Kate Silver

Honorable Mentions:

“Little Bill Clinton: Easing into a Comfort Zone” (The Christian Science Monitor) — Mary Wiltenburg

“Looking for a Greener Way of Death” ( — Rachel Dickinson

Reporting on a significant topic

Co-winners: “Where are we Headed? The Future of Energy” (The Christian Science Monitor) — Douglas Fox

“The African Divide” (The Christian Science Monitor) — Jina Moore

Honorable mention:

“Confronting Rape as a War Crime” (Congressional Quarterly Press Global Researcher) — Jina Moore

Service Article

Winner: “Understanding Depression at Mid-Life” (Woman’s Day) — Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

Honorable Mentions:

“Your Brain on Meditation” (Yoga Journal) — Kelly McGonigal

“Between the Lines” (Better Homes and Gardens) –Leslie Pepper


Co-winners: “Mindfulness and Weight loss” (IDEA Fitness Journal) — Kelly McGonigal

“When IT is Asked to Spy” (Computerworld) — Tam Harbert

ASJA Founders’ Award for Career Achievement

Grace Weinstein, ASJA past president

The Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing That Makes A Difference

Winner: “School of Hard Knocks” (Good Housekeeping) — Barry Yeoman

Honorable mention:

“Finding Ann Marie (Bethesda Magazine) — Christine Koubeck

June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism

Winner: “The Hot Zone” (Discover Magazine) — Linda Marsa

Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

No winners.

Honorable mentions:

“A Risky Play” (City Limits) — Patrick Arden

“A Return to Baghdad”(Gay City News) — Michael Luongo