(How cool would it be to have THAT on the cover of your book?)
Oh, I've been a sparse blogger lately, but it's just a matter of time to DO IT because there are always many things to tell and share! This one demands an immediate post. Such a thrill! Daughter of Smoke and Bone has been nominated for the Andre Norton Award, which is the award given by the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America) to a young adult book. It's the YA counterpart of the Nebula Award, which is one of those height-of-acheivement-in-the-field awards that one dreams of. Making the short list is such a thrill, and it is a daunting list of competitors, including the stunning Chime that I raved about right here. Here are the rest:
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and FantasyBook
- Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Juvenile)
- Chime, Franny Billingsley (Dial Books; Bloomsbury)
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Hodder & Stoughton)
- Everybody Sees the Ants, A.S. King (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
- The Boy at the End of the World, Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
- The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson (Greenwillow Books)
- Ultraviolet, R.J. Anderson (Orchard Books; Carolrhoda Lab)
And here's the full list of SFWA awards nominees for this year.
YAY!!!!! Thank you so much, SFWA! It is such an incredible honor. I really can't say enough what a huge thing awards recognition is, and this one is so cool because it is a peer-given award, and to feel that fellow writers are holding up my work in this way is just a very, very wonderful thing.
But while I have you here, surely there are other things I've been meaning to say. Well, there is an event I'm doing soon that is going to be a LOT of fun, if you live in the Portland area. I will give it its own blog post, but for now, here's the quick spiel: I will be co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival at the Portland Central Library alongside author and founder James Kennedy.
This is going to be so much fun, you guys. COME!
MARCH 3, Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 3-5 pm
Also, I really must relate the conversation that Jim just texted to me, between himself and Clementine. Man, I have been looking forward to the age of kid-speech in which she begins to say the weird and wonderful things of small children (while simultaneously wanting to keep her tiny, and tucked in a baby sling against my heart), and we have arrived.
Clementine (aged exactly 2.5): I don't need to be afraid of monsters because Papa will mess them up.
Jim: Right. No one will ever hurt you with Papa and Mama around.
Clementine: Because Papa is strong.
Clementine: Mama is strong too. But she has a teeeeeeeeny nose.
What? I do? *touches nose* Hm. I never realized. I guess my nose is kind of small ...
Ha ha! Also, we took Clementine to the traveling Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast last night, which was fabulous, and a big hit, though we will have to work to keep it from being a Disney Princess gateway drug, because we're not ready for that! Anyway, Clementine's astute assessment at the end was: "The beast broke into a prince!" Ha ha. Love that.
We had read the book with her so she wouldn't be alarmed by the change. I recall when the movie first came out years ago, the young child in front of me in hysterics at the end who didn't understand what had become of the beast. But Clementine understood magically. "Outside he's a monster, but inside he's a prince." Yes, darling child. Exactly right.
Okay, that had better be that for now. Have a wonderful day and week. I will try to be back more regularly than once a week!