I found out today that The Thing About Great White Sharks has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award! I’m still trying to come of grips with the fact that my book is on the same list as Margaret Atwood’s new story collection and Kelly Link’s amazing “Get in Trouble,” along with the work of many incredibly talented others, but I can tell you this–I am proud and excited to jostle elbows with these writers. The full list of books under award consideration can be found at the link below (Diane Cook! Richard Ford! It just gets better!), along with more information about Frank O’Connor and the generous award itself:
It will be a few months until any information is released about the shortlist. It’s a wild dream, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed . . .
I’m am so pleased (and relieved) to be able to say that the launch day for The Thing About Great White Sharks was an enormous success. On the local front, the book launch party went off without a hitch. We had a great turnout, food was eaten, wine was drunk, a story (“Orchids”) was read, and merriment was made. Kodi Scheer provided a wonderful introduction to the evening and my father, bless his heart, showed up with a poster blow-up of my very first book review.
Which takes us to launch day success story #2: The Thing About Great White Sharks received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly!
To say I am excited about this is an understatement. I am absolutely thrilled that PW enjoyed the diversity of the collection and considers me a “promising writer stretching her talents in every imaginable direction.” If you would like to read all of the kind things said about myself and my stories (and who am I to stop you?) the full review of Sharks can be found on the Publisher’s Weekly website.
There were other wonderful things that happened yesterday–friends running around to make sure everything at the book party came off beautifully, flowers that arrived unexpectedly, etc., but there are two other big bits of Internet Related news I would like to share:
One: my book was featured on John Scalzi’s site Whatever as yesterday’s Big Idea! Ever wondered what Lofty Theme unites the stories in Sharks? Now you can find out. (Hint: it all comes back to character.)
Two: I was Monday’s Guest Blogger on the SF Signal, talking about dark subjects, humorous writing, and how (and why) they should come together.
Whew! A lot of appearances, a lot of excitement, a lot of words. The important thing behind all of it is that The Thing About Great White Sharks is out in the world. That means that it belongs to you, friends. I hope you enjoy!