Tuesday evening, just getting dinner on, Gordon (my publisher) calls.
Gordon: "Have you heard the news?"
Me: "What news?"
Gordon: "You've been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards."
This is a dream come true. I am thrilled to bits and haven't stopped smiling since that phone call!
Here's an excerpt from the judges' comments:
The well-written title story, 'All Windows Open', provides wonderful insights into experiences shared by many children of migrants — the uncertainties, expectations, disappointments and desires. Beyond this, it captures the clash of cultures between migrants and established residents, who share in everyday ‘multiculturalisms’ and everyday ‘racisms’. The following stories expand on the central themes, inviting the reader to understand new worlds. The result is an enjoyable, humorous and insightful book.
I love those last three adjectives: enjoyable, humorous, insightful. Wow!
The awards have several categories. My book is shortlisted for the Community Relations Commission for a multicultural NSW Award. Winners are announced May 19 (two days before my birthday). Although the prize money is very generous ($20,000), the really exciting part is the hope that more people might read my book.
BTW Did you know I have a Facebook page? Are you addicted to social media? Well why not mosey on over and give me a 'Like'?
Lots of love, thanks and appreciation to everyone who has bought or read my book!!