I have a few Rivers of Brooklyn-related news items to share:
By the Rivers of Brooklyn received a silver medal in the IPPY Awards! Until the other day I didn’t know what an IPPY was, but it’s the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards, and By the Rivers of Brooklyn was runner-up for Best Regional Fiction (Canada: East). You can see the (very long) list of awards here. Gold medallist in that category was the very talented Newfoundland author Lisa Moore. It’s an honour to be in such company!
Also, the website for Writers at Woody Point 2010 is now updated and you can find me on there! Speaking of people it’s an honour just to be listed with, I’m extremely honoured that I’ll be reading on Saturday night, August 21, along with the brilliant Joseph Boyden of Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce fame. There’s a fantastic line-up of both writers and musicans for that festival and I’m very glad to be a part of it.
For those who were curious, no, I didn’t win the Best Atlantic Published Book award — that honour went to the very deserving Field Guide to Newfoundland Birds. I really enjoyed attending the Atlantic Book Awards in Halifax, though, and seeing some of the brightest and best in the Atlantic literary world. We have such talented writers in this part of Canada! If you haven’t read many Atlantic Canadian (especially Newfoundland!) books, this is the year you should start reading them.