Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Hooray for Elizabeth & A CURSE DARK AS GOLD!

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.

The other nominees (and editors) are:
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore, edited by Kathy Dawson
  • Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne, edited by my excellent friend (and an author herself) Jill Santopolo
  • Madapple by Christina Meldrum, edited by Michelle Frey
  • Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine, edited by Stella Paskins of HarperCollins UK
Cheers to all!


  1. Great news! I'm off to check out Elizabeth's Web site now!

  2. Congratulations! I read this book after seeing it recommended on your blog, and I enjoyed it very much. It's definitely one of the more interesting and well-written fairy tale interpretations out there. (And well-edited, too!) ;-)

    ~ Liz M

  3. That's fantastic! Yay!!!

    another book to put on my "Must Read" list :-)

  4. We're ringing the cowbells here in Kansas City. Congrats to you and Elizabeth! I may have to read this book a third time to celebrate.

  5. Yay for Elizabeth!!! And for you, too.

    It's a great book. I read it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to her next one.

  6. Hey there, Cheryl. Absolute Brightness was actually edited by the super fab Laura Geringer, though I did work on the book, too, and have adopted it now that Laura has left Harper. (Just wanted to give credit where credit is due!) xx, J

  7. I'll see your cider and raise you a peppermint puff!

    ("Pretty pleased" being the demure and sophisticated way of saying "screaming our fool heads off." Or perhaps that's just me....)

    Congratulations again to all the nominated titles and their authors and editors!


  8. Yay ecb and you, her dear, wonderful editor!!!

  9. Congratulations ecb and Cheryl,
    I just recommended this one to my favorite circle of 4th grader readers who wanted to read something "grown up and spooky". They are not allowed to read those vampire books. I'll let you know what they think of it.


  10. Yay! Congratulations, Curse is one of my favorite books!!!

  11. Congratulations! And btw, I can't thank you enough for turning me on to Margaret and Helen's blog.