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