Mary Bogart honored
as Pen Woman of Year

By Robin Cleavenger
Staff Writer

Erwin resident Mary Bogart was named Tennessee Pen Woman of the Year for 2000-2001 by the National League of American Pen Women.

Bogart was selected by the East Tennessee chapter of the organization to be considered for the statewide award, which was presented to her earlier this month.

"The last time I went to a meeting, it kind of surprised me," Bogart said. "I didn't have any idea I would get (the award)."

Bogart has published two books, Conquering the Appalachians is a historical book about the construction of the Clinchfield Railroad; it is based on diaries and photos of Bogart's father, William Cary Hattan, and extensive research. 'Till War Do Us Part is an account of the experiences of Bogart and her husband, Frank, during World War II. Mr. Bogart was stationed on a ship in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by Japanese forces on Dec. 7, 1941, and his wife was at home alone in Waikiki.

Mrs. Bogart has also written three other books, which have not yet been published.

"It's hard to get anything published anymore." she said.

The author said she was excited to be named Tennessee Pen Woman of the Year, especially since she was competing with authors from six other Pen Women chapters across the state and didn't expect to win the award.

"I feel like it's quite an honor that we got that far." Mrs. Bogart said.

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