Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Thank You, Independent Booksellers!

Returned home from winter break to delightful news: Bamboo People is shortlisted as a Book of the Year finalist in the Young Adult Novel category of the 2011 Indies Choice Awards. Here are the nominees (in alphabetical order):


And, as if that's not enough, I'm a finalist in the "Most Engaging Author" category, given to an "author who is an in-store star with a strong sense of the importance of indie booksellers to the community."

Don't know about the first part of the description, but the second is certainly true: I'd be nowhere as an author were it not for my indies. Being in the company of the other nominees is a huge part of this honor: Laurie Halse Anderson, Jonathan Evison, Kevin Henkes, Richard Russo, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, independent booksellers, a national treasure. May you live long and prosper!

6 comments:

Michelle Cusolito said...

Woohoo Mitali! Congratulations. Both honors are well-deserved.

Beth S. said...

Yay! How exciting!

Lisa Yee said...

Hooray!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulations, Mitali. Have heard a lot about Bamboo People and also about you. :)

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Congratulations! Well deserved.

Astha Agarwal said...

Congratulations, Auntie Mitali!! Both you and Bamboo People are perfect for those honors!

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