Vince Vawter

Retired newspaper editor whose debut novel, Paperboy, won a 2014 Newbery Honor

Vince Vawter, a retired newspaper editor and publisher, is the author of "Paperboy," a 2014 Newbery Honor Book published by Random House. The Newbery Honor is awarded for outstanding contribution to literature for young people. The book tells the story of a boy who must take on his best friend’s newspaper route for a month even though he knows he will have trouble collecting because of his stutter. Set in Memphis in 1959, the novel deals not only with the everyday challenges of stuttering but also with growing up in the segregated South. Much of the story is based on Vawter’s childhood experiences. Since the book’s publication, Vawter has spoken at more than 100 schools and conferences in 15 states. Paperboy is in its 11th printing in the United States and has been published in eight foreign languages, including Chinese, Japanese and German. Vawter retired after a 40-year career in newspapers, most recently as the publisher and president of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press. He previously served as managing editor of The Knoxville News Sentinel from 1988 to 1995. He lives with his wife in Louisville, Tenn., on a small farm.

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