Too busy working on revisions for Twist of the Blade, Book 2 of the Shards of Excalibur series, to write a long post this morning, so this little self-serving item will have to do. As the title says, Song of the Sword shows up on a list of titles that “excited the staff” at McNally Robinson Booksellers and are eligible for this year’s Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction or fantasy novel in English.
It’s a good list to be on:
Eligible works that excited our staff in 2010 include: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong, Tesseracts 14 edited by John Robert Colombo and Brett Alexander Savory, A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files, Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay, Evolve edited by Nancy Kilpatrick, Sweet Tooth Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Jeff Lemire, Black Bottle Man by Craig Russell, Watch by Robert J. Sawyer, The Dark Deeps by Arthur Slade, Stealing Home by Hayden Trenholm, and Song of the Sword by Edward Willett.
And, yes, the 2011 Aurora Awards are now open for nominations from any Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Also, SF Canada, the association of Canadian speculative fiction professionals of which I am currently president, has announced that it will be providing the SF Canada Award, a $500 cheque, to the winners of the Best Novel categories in both French and English, beginning this year. Check out the press release on our website.
Now back to revising…
The photo: Sailboat just outside Nanaimo harbour, Vancouver Island