I'm delighted to share the news that Elizabeth C. Bunce's A Curse Dark as Gold is one of five nominees for the ALA's William C. Morris Award, for a debut work of young adult fiction. Elizabeth and I are both pretty pleased, as you can imagine, though it's hard to find a book-specific way to celebrate . . . I mean, we could go out and buy ourselves dresses made from gold thread, but that seems a little creepy in context. (And Elizabeth would probably prefer to make her dress anyway!) So I simply lift a glass of cider to her across the states. The winner will be announced at the ALA awards ceremony in January.
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