Always a good time at the library . . .
Anybody who's around me for any length of time knows that I am a fanatical supporter of public libraries. I think they're one of the greatest American innovations!
Libraries don't just help readers, they help authors too. Here I am at the Columbia Public Library during their recent annual local author event. Nearly 50 authors from the area set up tables on the main floor and visited with readers of all types and ages. It was a delightful occasion!
This Old World made the shortlist of three books for the M. M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. This is such gratifying news!
This is an award named in honor of a historical novelist and book critic who died in 2014. She was devoted to literary quality and historical accuracy, so being one of the novelists who is in the running for this award is doubly rewarding. The descriptions of the other finalists' books are quite intriguing, so I'm eager to start reading them as well.
The winner was Greg Taylor's Lusitania R.E.X., announced at the Historical Novel Society conference in June. I had dinner with Greg and the other shortlist finalist, David Blixt, at the conference, and both are congenial and deserving individuals. I'm pleased to be grouped among them. I'll have reviews of their books on my blog shortly.
The first reviews are in!
This Old World came out September 1. Very excited about the launch of this new book. Those of you who liked Slant of Light will like This Old World, I can almost guarantee. The first reviews are really good! Here's one from the Historical Novels Review, one from the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, one from It Matters Radio, one from Lens & Pen Press, and one from Vox Magazine. I have to admit, though, that my favorite review is the one posted by one of the M.M. Bennetts judges. Here's a link to that review on my blog.
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Recent reading at the Trail's End Festival in Sedalia.