Well, golly! As if the last couple of weeks weren’t exciting enough in Myrtle’s corner of the universe, we’ve had even more good news come in, plus a fun event coming up soon!
First, I’m thrilled to pieces to announce that Premeditated Myrtle has been named as an Honored Book for 2020 by the Society of Midland Authors! This award recognizes books from a twelve-state region, and other recipients this year include fellow Algonquin Young Readers title Skunk & Badger by Amy Timberlake. Previous winners include my dear friends Roderick Townley and Rebecca Barnhouse, as well as other midwestern authors you might know, like Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, and Phyllis Whitney. What a joy to be recognized by my home region!
Second, Premeditated Myrtle has been nominated for an Anthony Award by The World Mystery Convention (Bouchercon)! This award is named for American mystery and science fiction author Anthony Boucher. Boucher was co-founder of Mystery Writers of America, who (you may recall) just honored Premeditated Myrtle with the Edgar Award.
I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to have so many mystery writers, fans, and professionals supporting Myrtle! Bouchercon 2021 is in New Orleans in August, pending the status of the pandemic. Stay tuned!
Lastly, I have a terrific upcoming event to share. I will be a guest at the Gaithersburg Book Festival later this month. “Sleuths and Sidekicks,” a fantastic conversation about kids and mysteries with Zeno Alexander, Gordon Korman, and moderated by John Morogiello was pre-recorded, but all four of us will be available for Facebook viewing & live chat on Friday, May 21 at 4pm Central. Click here to join us! And be sure to check out the full virtual festival lineup here.
Hope to see you at the Gaithersburg Book Festival!