I've been selected as one of the 2006 recipients of a Silver Pen Award by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. The Silver Pen Award recognizes emerging or mid-career writers who've shown a significant attachment to Nevada. Here's the press release.
Ann Ronald, who's being inducted into the Hall of Fame itself, is a colleague of mine in the UNR English Department. I don't know Ellen Hopkins, the other Silver Pen recipient, but her work sounds very powerful.
I've actually known about this for a week -- I got the phone call last Saturday morning, and spent the rest of the day doing the Snoopy dance around the house -- but I wasn't allowed to tell anyone except Gary and my parents until the press release came out. I love Nevada, so this makes me exceedingly happy.
The awards reception is a benefit for the Friends of the UNR Library, so if you're reading this and you live in the Reno area, I'm supposed to try to sell you a ticket. I couldn't even sell Girl Scout cookies when I was a kid, but at least I'm trying, right? Here's the page with the info about how to buy tickets. You have to scroll down a little to get to the blue box about the reception.
I'll get to do a short reading at the reception, so now I have to find a 10-12 minute chunk from The Necessary Beggar that will work as a standalone. That's going to be a bit of a challenge, but I'll figure out something.