Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than 30 books, many of them on rural history and country life. His most recent book, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County: a Novel (2014), follows events in a small town when a mining company proposes building a frac sand mine in the community park. Will the mine save or ruin the town? His other recent books include: Limping Through Life: a Farm Boy's Polio Memoir (2013), The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters (2013), and Letters from Hillside Farm (2013).
Apps has also written children's books, including Eat Rutabagas and Tents, Tigers and the Ringling Brothers, and put out the audiobook, The Back Porch and Other Stories. He is a former publications editor for UW-Extension, an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company, and editor of a national professional journal.
Apps has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association, American Library Association, Foreword Magazine, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, The Wisconsin Council for Writers, Upper Midwest Booksellers, and Barnes and Noble Bookstores, among others. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
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- Visit the author's website JerryApps.com