Jerry Apps, born and raised on a Wisconsin farm, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of seven novels and more than 35 nonfiction books. His most recent nonfiction books are: Whispers and Shadows, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History, Never Curse the Rain and Old Farm Country Cookbook. Recent novels include The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County, and the soon to be published Cold as Thunder. Jerry is a former publications editor for UW Extension, and an acquisitions editor for the McGraw-Hill Book Company. Jerry has also done four hour-long documentaries for Public TV.
Jerry has won awards for his writing from the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Library Association (the 2007 Notable Authors Award), American Library Association, Midwest Independent Publishers Association, Robert E. Gard Foundation, and The Wisconsin Council for Writers, Major Achievement Award in 2007. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Science, and was named a Fellow by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters in 2012. He was inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2016, Jerry received the White Cedar Outstanding Teaching Award from The Clearing Folk School.