Wisconsin Division Honors James Conroyd Martin,
author of Push not the River

Consul General of the Republic of Poland,
Zygmunt Matynia (l), congratulates
author James Conroyd Martin

November 9, 2008 - The Wisconsin Division of the Polish American Congress honored novelist James Conroyd Martin at their annual Veterans' Day Luncheon on November 9th. Martin is the author of Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of a countess who lived through the chaotic years of the Third of May Constitution, and Against a Crimson Sky, which takes the storyís characters into the fascinating Napoleonic era. Both books have proven bestsellers in Poland and Push Not the River has been optioned for film by a Polish producer in Hollywood.

Don Pienkos, President of the Wisconsin Division of the Polish American Congress, honored Martin for "his invaluable interest in building knowledge of the Polish experiences in our [native] country." The occasion underscored the 90th anniversary of Polandís Declaration of Independence in 1918. The end of Polandís independence in 1795 was chronicled in Push Not the River when Poland fell to Russia. The true life heroine of the story was present at the Praga Massacre when 12,000 Polish souls were cut down trying to escape the Russians by crossing the bridge that would lead them from the suburb of Praga to the city walls of Warsaw.

Martin and two other writers, Douglas Jacobson (Night of Flames) and Paul Valasek (Hallerís Army in France) were also presented with commendations from the Milwaukee City Council, the Milwaukee County Board, and from Zygmunt Matynia, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, who had traveled from Chicago to attend the event at the beautiful Polish Center of Wisconsin.

James Conroyd Martin plans to complete his Polish trilogy with The Warsaw Conspiracy, a novel highlighting the Insurrection of 1830 and attempted abduction of the Russian Grand Duke by Polish cadets. For more about Martinís books, visit www.JamesCMartin.com.

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