Hurray for Midwestern Awesomeness

After a day of braving the twelve degree cold today, with a running inner monologue about the ridiculous starkness and severity of the Midwestern winter accompanying me throughout my travels about town, I came home to find an e-mail from my editor telling me that One for Sorrow has been nominated for the 2008 Great Lakes Book Awards.

What the awards are about:

Founded in 1995, The Great Lakes Book Awards annually honor the year’s brightest and most deserving books about America’s heartland. The purpose of the awards is “to recognize and reward excellence in the writing and publishing of books that capture the spirit and enhance awareness of the Great Lakes region.” You can find out more here: Finalists will be determined over the summer, and the winner will be announced at the Great Lakes Booksellers Association trade show on October 3, 2008.

By the time I finished reading this e-mail, I had forgotten how I’d come to feel like a walking Popsicle this afternoon. As my editor Juliet says, “Hurray for Midwestern Awesomeness!”

Totally agreed!



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9 responses to “Hurray for Midwestern Awesomeness”

  1. Haddayr Avatar

    Hurray for Midwestern Awesomeness, indeed!

    But can we have more nominations for Chris and less below-zero temps?

    Thanks so much!

  2. Karen Avatar


  3. Alan DeNiro Avatar
    Alan DeNiro

    That award meant a lot to me personally–the winning writer visits all the colleges in the great lakes college association, which includes Wooster. Sherman Alexie won for his first story collection while I was thereand it meant a lot to me hanging out with him as an undergrad. So who knows, you could be molding young minds too. 🙂

  4. Alan DeNiro Avatar
    Alan DeNiro

    Whoops, shit, wrong award. 😛 But you should check out the GLCA award and see if Bantam can submit:,%20Groups%20&%20Services/Programs/New%20Writers%20Award/

  5. Christopher Barzak Avatar

    Haddayr: Definitely on the less below-zero temps.

    Karen: yo, yo, yo, yo 😉

    Alan: That award looks awesome!

  6. Debra Weaver Avatar

    Good luck! I’ll be rooting for you!

  7. Christopher Barzak Avatar

    Thanks, Deb!

  8. fivehusbands Avatar

    Chris, another well deserved honor. From the arts a city will grow – again.


  9. Christopher Barzak Avatar

    Thanks, Judy! I’m putting my eggs in that basket!

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