Prizes and kudos

Several author friends have recently won awards for books I’ve either endorsed or reviewed on this blog. I’m taking all the credit.

Well done to … drum roll … the fabulous four:

Denise Chávez, who won a 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for her comic tour de force The King and Queen of Comezón. Read my review here.

Sharman Apt Russell, who won the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing for Diary of a Citizen Scientist. Read my review here.

Bonnie Buckley Maldonado, who won the WILLA Literary Award in Poetry for The Secret Lives of Us Kids: A Childhood Memoir, 1941-1942.

Kirstin Valdez Quade, whose short story collection Night at the Fiestas was named on The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2015 list. Read my review here.


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