Let's be honest. I'm not actually expecting this thing to win. I'm not in some small local debut author category. I'm in the Non-Fiction category, going up against Pulitzer Prize winners and NYT bestsellers. For a scrappy underdog book like this one, the nomination is the win. I'm just excited to be considered in the same breath as my fabulous fellow nominees.
This isn't a competition, but a celebration– of writing, of local authors, of bookstores and libraries, and of a book that never fit easily into one category, that wasn't trusted as viable or believed in by big publishers, and which succeeded anyway. It's been a bestseller at Elliott Bay for an entire year (!!!), and we continue to have exciting projects and events pertaining to it coming up.
Basically– the book lives, and that's thanks to you. Stop by this Saturday, 7pm at Seattle Central Library and celebrate. I'll be there for a reception afterwards. Details, directions and more here.
For now, check out the following if you haven't already!
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