Via File 770, the Manly Wade Wellman Award Nominees.
Were any of you aware of the Manly Wade Wellman Award? I was not. It honors writers from North Carolina, I see. That seems rather, uh, circumscribed. Also, what about people born in North Carolina who moved? Do they count?
Never mind, never mind. This just caught my eye because it’s been ages since I read anything by Wellman, but I have fond memories of the Silver John stories.
Anyway, the nominees, in case you’re interested:
Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin (Solaris Books)
Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris Books)
War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit Books)
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books)
There’s Ursula Vernon again! For an author I only heard of for the first time this year, she sure seems to be everywhere. No doubt I’ve been looking past her name for a decade or more without ever noticing her. New-to-me authors always seem to have been around for ages before I encounter their work.
But back to this idea of a honoring North Caroline authors! Who can think of a book with a rural Carolina kind of setting (even if not set in Carolina exactly?). I can think of one!
Doranna Durgin’s SEER’S BLOOD is set in the Appalachians. Quite a good book. Durgin always does a good job with dogs and horses, I think.
I’m forgetting a rather good set of mysteries set, I think, in the Appalachians. I’ll have to see if I can remember, because I know I did want to go on with that series…