Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 17, 2012


Every year Connecticut writers can enter the Tassy Writing Competition put on by The Shoreline Arts Alliance. The award is to help encourage and nurture the creation of exceptional quality books for children.

This year Betsy Devany was a finalist for her story titled, Ibbie-Rae Paves the Way.  She has been one of the winners for the last three years making her the first-ever triple-crown finalist in the Tassy Contest. No one has ever been a finalist in all three categories: picture book, middle grade novel, and young adult novel.

Congratulations Betsy!

Amalia Hoffman’s book,  The Klezmer Bunch was selected by the talented director, composer and writer, Elizabeth Swados to be part of her children’s production entitled, Jewish Books Cooking.

Ms.Swados is best known for her Broadway smash hit, Runaways. Her innovative creations thrilled audiences for over thirty years. She won three Obie awards and five Tony nominations.

All performances are free to the public thanks to a generous grant from The Covenant Foundation.

Congratulations Amalia!

You may be interested in attending. Here are the performance dates, times, and locations:

The JCC in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Grand opening May 20th @ 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

Center for Jewish History

Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
June 3rd @ 11:30 am

Kings Bay Y

3495 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
June 6th @ 5pm

Bryant Park

Street Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
June 17th @ 1:00 pm

Lorraine Dey has written and Illustrated a picture book, “The Rain Forest Party” to be released in May 2012 by publisher, Raven Tree Press.

Congratulations Lorraine!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wow, congrats, everyone! And you have more in common than just being successful writers, you know….you’re all coming to our conference! 😀


  2. Thanks, Kathy, for mentioning this! What made me the first-ever triple-crown finalist was that I am a finalist this year (2012) in all categories open to writers, with each category having their own set of judges (one agent and one editor): picture book text, middle grade novel, young adult novel. I have been a finalist is previous years, an honorable mention in 2009, and won the middle grade category in 2011.


  3. Hooray Betsy! I’m so impressed–three wins in three categories!

    See you soon at the conference!


    • Thanks so much, Tara! Can’t wait to awe you! Hugs, Betsy


      • Phone typed “awe” you. Not far from the truth, as I AM in awe of all you do, but was supposed to be: Can’t wait to see you.


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