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Thursday, May 28, 2009

In the Company of Giants

Hi readers,

Just got a mind-bending bit of news. My two-book series, Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, is a finalist for the 2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature. Other 2009 finalists include Ursula Le Guin, Patricia McKillip, and Gene Wolfe, along with debut author Daryl Gregory. Holy moly!


When I scan the list of past Mythopoeic finalists and winners, the first name on the list is Mary Stewart and The Crystal Cave. I read and adored her romantic suspense when I was a teen and twenty-something, but this delightful, lyrical tale of Merlin and Arthur brought them into my head as real living persons as no other Arthurian tale ever has. Also on the list are Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber and Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, Ellen Kushner's Thomas the Rhymer...along with other works by Le Guin, McKillip, Susan Cooper, Richard Adams, Donaldson, McKinley, Willis, Kay, Tepper, works that shaped my love for fantasy, as well as feeding the writer I am. And they still sit on my bookshelves! Need I say what an honor that my name is now listed on the same page? Still reeling...

You can read more about the Mythopoeic Society, their connection to the Inklings (Tolkien, CS Lewis, et al), and the awards at their website.

9 comments:

Kathy Amen said...

Carol, this is SO WONDERFUL, (and so very well deserved)!!! I'll be looking for you on the Tonight Show any time now! Congratulations!!

Kerry said...

Congratulations! What amazing company to be in.

carolwriter said...

The day any fantasy author ends up on the Tonight Show will be quite a day. But Kathy, when you loaned me your copies of Tolkien and said I really ought to read it...who knew????

Thanks, Kerry, no kidding!

Sarah said...

Congratulations! That's so wonderful! I'm so happy it happened to you! =)

Calenhíril said...

Congrats Carol, that's great! Your work deserves all sorts of awards.

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Yea!!

And we (Dave, Lesley, Adrienne, Rebecca and I) love the Inklings, and try to honor them by borrowing their name for our spec fiction critique group.

Hope to see you soon. :)
Bets

sugaredlightning said...

Congratulations! Of the works I've read, yours definitely deserve the recognition!

StillLife said...

Carol -- I have at least one book from almost every author that you listed here. I am breathless with anticipation to hear the outcome of these awards. I assume that you go to the conference to hear the news. May it be one of the best ever! (Darlene)

Caprice said...

:Applause:!
I'm so pleased for you, Carol. What a wonderful acknowledgment of your writing, and such brilliant company to be a part of. I'm proud to say I read the books before they were feted, and I hope many more people now discover what truly gorgeous tales they are. Congratulations.
Suzanne.