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Debbie Russell’s Crossing Fifty-One: Not Quite A Memoir has won First Place in the Nonfiction – Parenting genre for the 2023 Pencraft Awards for Literary Excellence


Debbie Russell Pencraft Award


Debbie Russell is a lawyer turned writer. She spent twenty-five years as an assistant county attorney in Minneapolis, prosecuting numerous high-profile cases and fighting off several nervous breakdowns. At age fifty-five, Debbie took early retirement, giving up a full pension for the freedom of time. She now spends that precious time writing, restoring her property to native prairie and wetlands, and training her rambunctious retrievers.