On April 11, I was truly honored to attend a reception at the Bozeman Public Library to celebrate the Montana Book Awards--where NUTCRACKED was named a Montana Book Award Honor Book!
The winner this year was THE WONDER OF BIRDS by Jim Robbins. Other Honor Books were BRAVE DEEDS by David Abrams, THUNDER IN THE MOUNTAINS by Daniel J. Sharfstein, and WONDERLANDSCAPE by John Clayton. All but one of us authors were able to attend and talk nerdily with each other. :)
The award is put on in coordination with the Montana Library Association's annual meeting, and I don't think I can honestly say enough how MUCH I love librarians. They're fun to hang out with, knowledgeable, and they love books! (Plus they know how to throw a party!)
The wonderful Dale Alger, librarian at Roundup, Montana, presented my award, and then we had the opportunity to talk to the librarians and sign books.
Also, the prize is an amazing framed lithograph print, which is now on my wall next to the Honor Book Award I won for TUNNEL VISION. I'm a very happy author indeed. Thank you, Montana Book Awards! Thank you librarians everywhere, for all you do!