B.J. Hollars Honored

Dustin Hahn

Time to fit another feather in the cap. The Council for Wisconsin Writers has named B.J. Hollars, a recently well-decorated and prolific writer and assistant professor of English at UWEC, the recipient of the 2014 Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award. Hollars won the award after publishing Opening the Doors: The Desegregation of the University of Alabama and the Fight for Civil Rights in Tuscaloosa in spring 2013. His inspiration to write Opening the Doors came from an interest in race and civil rights, as well as his time spent getting a master of fine arts degree from the University of Alabama. Along with the award comes a $500 prize and a weeklong writing residency at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point.