Time for some of that tiresome stuff, Shameless Self-Promotion. This info is also posted over at That Forgetful Shore‘s website.
I was honoured to learn today that That Forgetful Shore won the gold medal in the IPPY awards — that is, the Independent Publisher Book Awards — in the category of Regional Fiction: Canada (East). As I learned when By the Rivers of Brooklyn won silver in that same category two years ago, the IPPY people do not use the term “medal” metaphorically — they actually send you a big shiny medal you can wear around your neck. Not that I have worn it, but maybe now that I have two, I will wear them both together and I will look gangsta. In fact, I will post a picture here of myself wearing both medals — I promise. Thanks IPPYs!!
Closer to home, That Forgetful Shore is nominated for Best Atlantic Published Book in the Atlantic Book Awards. This is an award Brooklyn was also nominated for, and it’s kind of an interesting award in that it honours the publisher as much as the author, as it’s based on the whole “package” of the book. Breakwater certainly deserves an award (especially designer Rhonda Molloy) for the lovely “package” that is That Forgetful Shore, so I’m quite excited about this. It’s an odd award, though, in that the nominees can come from any genre. When Brooklyn was nominated it was competing with a field guide to birds, and an aboriginal-language dictionary. This year the competition is a book about salmon, and a book about eco-innovators in Atlantic Canada — both lovely books that also richly deserve to win.
As part of the festivities surrounding the ABA’s, which are being held here in St. John’s this year, I’ll be reading downtown at Chinched Bistro on Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. and appearing as part of panel discussion at the Fat Cat on Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. If you’re in the area, please drop by — especially to the reading at Chinched, because it’s a solo reading with just me, and I want to make sure there are actual people in the audience!