Bobbie Malone is one of the hosts of WORT’s Back to the Country program, but this is not her only talent. She is an outstanding writer. Bobbie is originally from San Antonio, Texas but came to Madison because she got a job at the Wisconsin Historical Society where she wrote for children. She began writing poetry and novels at the age of 10. Bobbie’s inspiration stems from Lois Lenski, her childhood role model and the current subject of her book Lois Lenski: Storycatcher. Lois Lenski was a Newberry Medal-winning author and illustrator of picture books and children’s literature. Bobbie said she was curious about Lois and wanted to know more about her by talking to people who worked with Lois.
For her work on Lois Lenski: Storycatcher, Bobbie won the 2016 Foreword INDIES Editor’s Choice Prize for Non-fiction. Bobbie was surprised when she won the award, but also excited to have her work recognized. Currently, Bobbie is working on a catalog of Rumi O’Brien, who is a Japanese-American artist and quilter.
WORT 8 O’Clock Buzz host Jan Miyasaki interviewed Bobbie Malone about her book last fall.