Another Honor for Written in Stone
I’ve just gotten the news that Written in Stone has won the 2014 WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. It’s an award for a novel with a female main character set in the American West. The award is named for Willa Cather. I’m very much hoping to be in Golden, Colorado to accept this medal in October.
I’m also very proud to be in exceptional company on the Bank Street Center for Children’ s Literature’s Best Children’s Books of the Year list. If you are looking for good suggestions for summer reading that’s a great place to start.
I’m in the process of putting together mentors for next school years League of Exceptional Writers at the Cedar Hills Powells. Stay tuned for details and a flyer with all the year’s meetings.
I will be presenting my Finding the Gold in your Story Setting workshop at an SCBWI schmooze this September on Saturday the 27th from 12:30 to 2:30. It’s at the Woodstock Library 6008 SE 49th in Portland. I hope to see you there. The event is free and open to the public!
Here is my perch for the summer. I’m hard at work revising a story with lots of sailing in it so being up in the wind is great inspiration. I have a pirate ladder and a rock wall for climbing up and a slide and a zip line for going down. I am the luckiest person in the world to live and work where I do.
NYPL 100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing
I was just thrilled to hear that Written in Stone has been placed on the New York Public Library’s annual list of great books to share with kids. I have some excellent company on that list including Volcano Rising by my fellow Portlander Elizabeth Rusch.
Heaps of gratitude also to Betsy Bird who wrote a lovely review of Written in Stone on her Fuse #8 blog. Nobody reviews like the Fuse! And the post preceding it has a really interesting conversation about authors’ notes and their importance particularly in view of the requirements of the common core.