I spent this past weekend in Richmond, Virginia, where I attended part of the James River Writers’ Conference and also the Literary Awards Luncheon and the Awards Dinner.
The Luncheon was made special by the live interview with Barbara Kingsolver, recipient of this year’s lifetime achievement award. At the gala that evening I got to speak with her, which was exciting. (I also got to chat with such notables as Senator Time Kaine.) This year’s award for fiction went to Lee Smith (a previous lifetime achievement award winner), which makes my award from last year even more special.
It was a great weekend, but now we move on to the Indiana Authors Awards, which will be given out this coming weekend. As a finalist for the Emerging Writer Award, I’m looking forward to participating in various events at the Indianapolis Central Library throughout the day next Saturday, culminating in the awards dinner. I’m very excited about this, and am thrilled to have been named a finalist along with Kelsey Timmerman and Jessica Brockmole.
Read more about the award and the event: Indiana Authors Award.