The results of the March 2006 short lists for the ForeWord Book of the Year award have been announced. My book, Zed, was one of fourteen in the category Science Fiction (urban decaying hell is now science fiction?). And in keeping with the title of this blog SCREW BRONZE! Because....I won Gold. In fact Zed was the only Canadian book to win Gold. There is a news story in Canada's book magazine, Quill and Quire. Huzzah! I lead the nation. It is a nation small in numbers admittedly, but we are very prolific writers. Sadly, I did not get the editor’s choice for the best of the hundreds of books on the long list so I do not get the prize of $1,500 (Curses!)
The prizes for each category are selected by booksellers and librarians; the people who are caretakers of getting good books into the hands of the people who want them. Winning was a double surprise because Zed is STILL not available in the US; I checked with Borders this morning and they are expecting the book within a week or two. For online purchase I recommend getting TWO copies at Amazon.com in order to get free shipping (one for you and one to give to your mother to scare her about what you could be doing if you were a writer) or the current lowest price is at Buy.com (doesn’t include shipping). If you want a good read, read Zed, the people who love books enough to make it their career just gave it a gold star (and when you finish, write me about what you think of it – preferably in crayon with spelling mistakes and a dead animal enclosed).
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