UW–Madison’s Vieira recognized for 2019 book, ‘Writing for Love and Money’

UW–Madison’s Kate Vieira is receiving the Edward B. Fry Book Award for her 2019 publication, “Writing for Love and Money: How Migration Drives Literacy Learning in Transnational Families.”

The award, from the Literacy Research Association, recognizes books written in the last five years that advance knowledge about literacy, display inquiry into literacy, and show responsible intellectual risk taking.

Kate Vieira

Vieira holds the Susan J. Cellmer Distinguished Chair in Literacy and is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

“Writing for Love and Money,” published by Oxford University Press, tells the story of how families separated across borders write — and learn new ways of writing — in pursuit of love and money.

According to the United Nations, 244 million people currently live outside their countries of birth. Vieira explains how parents are often separated from children, brothers from sisters, and lovers from each other. Vieira’s book shows how families separated across borders often turn to writing to address these some of these problems.

“Writing for Love and Money” is based on Vieira’s research with transnational families in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and North America, with the book describing how people write to sustain meaningful relationships across distance.

Vieira writes how, despite policy makers’ concerns about “brain drain,” that immigrants’ departures do not leave homelands wholly educationally hobbled. Instead, migration promotes experiences of literacy learning in transnational families as they write to reach the two life goals that globalization consistently threatens: economic solvency and familial intimacy.

This book award was established by Edward B. Fry who contributed a fund to support it. The first award was presented in 1995.