Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Shreveport native William Joyce named winner of the 2008 Louisiana Writer Award.

He’s an Emmy-winning author and illustrator of children's books – and he’s also my friend from junior high and high school in Shreveport – and now Bill Joyce is being honored as winner of this year’s Louisiana Writer Award.

Bill will receive the award from the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana for his contributions to the state's literary heritage.

He has been hailed by Newsweek as one of the top 100 people to watch in the new millennium.

Bill wrote his first book in the fourth grade and has since produced classics loved by both children and adults – including "George Shrinks," "Santa Calls," "Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo," "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs" and "A Day with Wilbur Robinson."

He has won three Emmys for his popular children's show "William Joyce's Role Polie Olie," a Disney animated series.

His illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, and his paintings are displayed at museums and art galleries nationwide.

Bill will be honored on October 4 during the sixth annual Louisiana Book Festival.

Congratulations, Bill.

View a sampling of his work at

1 comment:

Mark Stinson said...

just learned that Bill is a featured author at the Louisiana Book Festival.

This is Louisiana’s world-class celebration of readers, writers and their books in downtown Baton Rouge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

The Louisiana Book Festival is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Center for the Book; the State Library of Louisiana; the Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism; Office of Lt. Governor and the Louisiana Library Foundation.

Complete information on the 2011 Book Festival is available at