Just learned this week that This Old World is a finalist 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 will be announced at the Historical Novel Society conference in June. The North American version of this conference only comes every two years, so it's a big event for both writers and readers of historical fiction. I'm looking forward to it, win or lose!
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.
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