One of the grand things about working at Red Room is that I get to share good news about many of our authors. This week I am so happy to announce that many of our authors and members are winning prizes or being nominated for their wonderful writing!
Sandy Nathan won the 2009 Nautilus Silver Award for her fantasy novel Numenon, and is now in the running for a Gold Medal. According to their website, the Nautilus Awardswere established to “change the world, one book at a time,” and to promote growth in people’s lives.
G. Willow Wilson is nominated for the Will Eisner Awardfor Best New Series for her new graphic novel Air. Her artist M.K. Perker is nominated as well. The Eisner awards are given for excellence in comic and graphic art in culture today.
The Amazon Breakthrough Novel awardswere created by Amazon, Create Space, and Penguin to promote up-and-coming authors’ writing. Two Red Room writers were semifinalists in the semifinalists for the award:
According to author Catherine Leavitt, who taught Jennifer Gooch Hummer's in a writing class at UCLA, Jennifer's Apron 11— "about a young girl grappling with her mother's death and her father's betrayal, and who finds support with two gay men who run a flower shop"—is a "stunner of a novel."
In Talia Carner's novel Jerusalem Maiden, a young woman sets out to challenge God under the backward Ottoman rule in the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem of 1911. (Editor's note, July 2011: Talia published a vivid, two-part description exclusively for Red Room about how she came to research and write her Jerusalem Maiden.)
Simon Haynes is a finalist for the 2009 Ditmar Awards for his book Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch. The Ditmar Awards are given to the best of science fiction, fantasy, and horror written by Australian authors. Simon also won the WA Science Fiction Foundation award for Best Fantasy novel of 2008.
Jennifer McLagan won the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Award for Single Subject for her book Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient. The awards were created to rejoice in the best of cookbooks and food media.
Christopher Meeks, Midge Raymond, and Tania Hershman have been long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award:Chris for his short-story collection Months and Seasons, Midge for her collection Forgetting English, and Tania for her collection The White Road and Other Stories. The Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award honors the best of short story collections published in the past year. They are nominated along with other celebrated authors such as Mary Gatskill, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Christopher Meeks Midge Raymond Tania Hershman
Winners and runners-up at this year's San Francisco Book Festivalwere announced on May 3rd.
Winners include Jonathan Keats for his short-story collection that reimagines Jewish folklore, The Book of the Unknown: Tales of the Thirty-Six and Geri Spieler, whose biography/memoir of Sara Jane Moore, Taking Aim at the President: The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford, won in the Wild Card category. Stacy Nyikos and A. Colin Wright were among those getting Honorable Mentions the Fair. Stacy's book Dragon Wishes was named in the Teenage category, while Colin's novel Sardinian Silver was recognized in General Fiction.
Jonathon Keats Geri Spieler Stacy Nyikos A. Colin Wright
I’m so glad to honor these writers during this exciting time in their lives. Congratulations to all!
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries