My friends at the Amphorae Publishing Group posted a link to the Historical Novel Society's webpage recently with the official announcement that my third book, THE LANGUAGE OF TREES, will be released September 26. It's a very exciting time for me as we prepare for the launch of this new novel. I'll be posting more about it as the weeks go by. I've been working on this book since 2014, and I can't wait to see what readers think of it!
Every year, the men of Alpha Delta Phi at Washington University choose a Missouri author to read and discuss. This year I was happy to be selected, and here's a picture of us after my talk! They are aptly known as the Eliot Chapter of their fraternity. We talked for more than an hour, and they had some great comments and questions. Thanks especially to Tarun Chally (third from left), who was my contact person/organizer for the event. And despite the general glow, we aren't about to be transported into a spaceship . . . just standing in a brightly lit foyer.
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.
Some great reviews!
This Old World came out in 2014 and has been getting great reviews! Here's one from the Historical Novels Review, one from the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, 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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