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Madge Harrah, author
Madge Harrah, Author

Madge Harrah, winner of 16 national and international writing awards, has published five novels for adults, six novels for young readers, and a book of one-act plays. She has also published more than 200 short stories and articles in regional and national magazines.

A student of Rod Serling (creator of the Twilight Zone), Madge has had many of her plays produced including a radio drama, The Prize, which won first place in an international playwriting contest. The Prize was produced and broadcast nationally by NBC Radio out of New York as an Easter special in 1983. In addition to being a writer, Madge is a graphic artist and has illustrated several books.

You can find Madge at libraries, schools, writers' conferences, and children's literature festivals around the country. She has been a popular speaker and/or panelist at 15 of the last 18 Southwest Writer's Workshop conferences.


Coming Events in 2007
Madge Harrah has scheduled the following engagements:

July 28, 2007
Madge Harrah will be teaching a daylong writing workshop for adults called Writing Children's Chapter Books from 9 am to 4 pm in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, July 28. For more information on how to enroll, contact or phone (505) 471-1565.

Blind Boone: Piano Prodigy

Madge Harrah announces that her latest book for young readers, Blind Boone: Piano Prodigy, a biography of the phenomenal African American concert pianist and composer (1864-1927), is now available in a hardbound edition from Carolrhoda Books (Lerner Publishing Group). Boone, born to a runaway slave during the Civil War, lost his sight at six months, could play anything on the piano having heard it only once, and was one of the early pioneers in the field of ragtime music. Boone's last manager, Wayne B. Allen, who outlived Boone by many years, was a friend of the author and told many of the stories that are in this book. This book is an ideal classroom resource for units on the Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil Rights, Ragtime and Black History; for 4th Grade readers and up.

Blind Boone: Piano Prodigy has been selected for inclusion in the list of Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young Readers 2004, National Council of Social Studies, NCSS. The annotated, illustrated bibliography will appear in the May/June issue of SOCIAL EDUCATION (NCSS).

Breaking news: Blind Boone: Piano Prodigy won First Place for Juvenile Book in a state-wide contest sponsored by the New Mexico Press Women. This entitled the book to be entered in the national competition, sponsored by the National press Women Association, where it competed against the First Place winners in the Juvenile Book category from all fifty states. At the national level, it won Third Place.

For more information please visit the John William Boone Heritage Foundation.

Contact Information:
Madge Harrah
c/o Trailway Books
3620 Holiday Ct. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505-298-1781 (home) or 505-298-0415 (fax)

Visit Ms. Harrah elsewhere on the web:
New Mexico Writer's Contact Directory
1991 Spur Award Winners
37th Annual Children's Literature Festival
America Writes For Kids!

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