Yesterday when the winner of the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book at the Manitoba Book Awards was announced I found out I hadn’t won but……….
It was a dream come true to be nominated.
I want to express my gratitude to McNally Robinson Booksellers for the way they promoted my book both before and after it was nominated.
I want to express my appreciation to the jurors Gary Draper, Savannah Kosteniuk and Brock Peters for reading Lost on the Prairie and nominating it.
I want to say congratulations to Jillian Horton and Rowan McCandless who were the co-winners of the Best First Book Prize.
I want to thank all my readers and friends and family for celebrating my nomination with me.
When the results of the Manitoba Book Awards were announced yesterday I found out I hadn’t won.
But……… later in the day, I got a note from a woman I went to college with who had given my book to her granddaughter. She wrote…….
“My 10-year-old granddaughter, Sophia, who is an avid reader, told me Lost on the Prairie is the best book she’s read. I’d call that a pretty solid endorsement.“
I may not have won the book award yesterday but Sophia and all the other people who have read my book have made me feel like a real winner.