Very honored to receive the 2017 Hamilton School Life Achievement Award. The award has been given annually for 23 years to accomplished individuals with dyslexia. Past recipients include Dannel P. Malloy, Connecticut Governor, Dr. Matthew Schneps, astrophysicist, the Smithsonian and Harvard University, and Pulitzer prize winning poet, Philip Schultz.
“Art has saved my life over and over again,” she volunteers. Weatherwax sees something of herself in her “tomboyish” character Ruthie. And the act of creating has been a form of “salvation” that got her through some tough times—including an “awful” coming-out process.
Katie Holmes will make her directorial debut and star in the mother-daughter drama All We Had, based on the Annie Weatherwax novel. Tribeca Prods. partner Jane Rosenthal will produce with VP of production Berry Welsh. Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, has come on board to adapt the script.
“The most profound insights in All We Had have to do with…an erosion of empathy, an insistence on maintaining the same hierarchical code that bars upward mobility for others, and a willingness to abandon one’s identity. … There’s much to recommend in this lovely debut novel, but the best of its virtues are these truths.”
“Weatherwax has always considered herself a visual artist who has made a living as a painter and sculptor. But in noting the similarities between writing and making art, she explains, “as a writer, you’re painting a picture in the reader’s mind.”
“AnnieWeatherwax…crafts three-dimensional, multifaceted characters and infuses gritty humor and poignancy into the story of the hardscrabble existence of a mother and daughter.Weatherwax’s tight dialogue and short, emotionally charged scenes examine hope, the meaning of home and the unbreakable bond of love between mother and daughter.”
“Weatherwax’s first novel is an intimate portrayal of poverty and need and a quiet commentary on American Culture. An eccentric…cast of characters, from the transgender waitress to the old couple with the hardware store, add an endearing quality to this thought-provoking coming-of-age story.”