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30 January 2013 @ 10:24 pm
Printz Honor  
I wanted to make this post kind of special, so I am writing it from a High Place. Which is in fact the Knock in Crieff, Scotland, and I have taken pictures of the surrounding view for you. And the fact that it is blowing a gale will maybe make me keep it brief.

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knock 1

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It probably hasn’t escaped a lot of you that Code Name Verity was named a Printz Honor Book by the American Library Assoication in their Youth Media Awards announced on Monday for the year 2012. For those not savvy with the ins & outs of the ALA: the Printz is like the Newbery except it’s for young adult books. This is the highest literary honor ever given to anything I have ever written.

Remember back in May 2010, here, when I said this was the Best Damn Book I’ve Ever Written? Well, I have been writing and publishing under-the-radar books for twenty years - TWENTY YEARS - and it feels so very, very good to have one that is out there flying in the sunlight.

The full ALA Youth Media Awards list is here. There were a lot of surprises this year, and I feel extremely lucky and SO GRATEFUL to the Printz Committee for selecting CNV to be listed as one of this year’s honor books. The other honor books were Terry Pratchett's Dodger, Beverly Brenna's The White Bicycle, and Benjamin Alire Saenz's Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. The winner of the Printz Award for 2013 is Nick Lake for In Darkness.

printz sticker

I knew that one of the perks would be SILVER STICKERS. But I didn’t realize there would be so many flowers involved!

printz flowers
double roses

And now my hands are frozen, so I’m hiking back down the Knock to continue revising the next book.

Love to all.
Rachel M Brown: Books: oldrachelmanija on January 30th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
I called it! Okay, what I actually called was that you'd win the Newbery. But close enough.

Congratulations! You deserved it.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
you TOTALLY called it! I knew what you meant. Thank you!
steepholmsteepholm on January 30th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Being of them that furthest fall behind I've only just got around to reading it, but I'm very glad I did.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
thank you! don't worry, it's not a race.
Miriam3rdragon on January 30th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)

(I was JUST thinking of you. If you can't guess why, you'll find out soon enough.)
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
I guessed!
Sherwood Smithsartorias on January 30th, 2013 10:53 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos all--and congratulations!
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on January 30th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
I love seeing all those gold stars ;o) (And the silver sticker!)

Edited at 2013-01-30 11:21 pm (UTC)
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
I confess I really love the pix Hyperion tweets from various exhibitors tables, because the book is always sitting there with this little crown of stars.

Someone stole their display copy on the first day of ALA Midwinter! Fortunately they had another (I noticed in a later picture it had a sticker on it saying "DISPLAY COPY ONLY")
J. Kathleen Cheneyj_cheney on February 1st, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Stole it! Now that's love ;o)
blog.sarahlaurence.comblog.sarahlaurence.com on January 30th, 2013 11:01 pm (UTC)
It's an honor well deserved, and I wasn't at all surprised. It encourages me to learn that it took you 20 years to write as well as that. I'm looking forward to the next book. Gorgeous photos too.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
I totally couldn't have written this book even ten years ago. I am so aware that it's the work of a mature writer. Every now and then someone comments that it's a "debut novel" (presumably because they've never heard of me!) and it always makes me laugh. "How could a debut novel be this well written?" they say, and I'm like, "IT'S NOT A DEBUT NOVEL!"

The next book is really something completely different, I think, for all its similarities in theme - I hope readers aren't disappointed!
Estaraestara on February 1st, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
Well, you're not a writer who does Novel 2, same as first Novel only the names change. So the readers who want THAT in a series will be disappointed. Everyone else will cherish following you along in what else you want to show and highlight.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
nope, that's definitely not me, cause I get just as bored writing those as I do reading them. (and actually, I have written 5 of 'em, only I can't tell you the false ID I use. So I do speak with some authority.)
woman who reads too muchboxofdelights on January 30th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
That is awesome. My local public library bought a copy because I requested it, which did not stay on the shelves for more than a day, probably because of the beautiful cover, but they bought a second copy because the first developed a permanent waiting list, which couldn't have happened unless kids were recommending it to each other. They now have 17 holds on first copy returned of 2 copies, and two more copies on order.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:42 am (UTC)
That is just incredible. And SO DELIGHTFUL to hear that the kids are reading it! (I know full well that they do, but I still get naysayers calling it a hard-sell, or scratching their heads over why it's labelled YA)
Bill the bold bosthoonwcg on January 30th, 2013 11:20 pm (UTC)
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
thank you!
tiboribitiboribi on January 31st, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Rosalee LuAnn: As my Whimsey takes merosaleeluann on January 31st, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
You are awesome and so are your books--all of them, I don't care whether they have a sticker :D. In fact, I was just telling a friend of mine today to read Winter Prince for her Adolescent Literature class. :D
E Wein: maddie as WAAFeegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
thank you. you are awesome too.
too school for coolmeener on January 31st, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
mazel tov!! \(^-^)/
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:48 am (UTC)
thank you!
LN!lnbw on January 31st, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I was so excited when I heard you'd won. (Well, that CNV had won.)
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:49 am (UTC)
thank you!
R.J. Anderson: Books - Writingrj_anderson on January 31st, 2013 04:15 am (UTC)
As you know, CODE NAME VERITY is the Newbery winner of my heart. I couldn't be happier for you!
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:52 am (UTC)
zalena: designzalena on January 31st, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
It is an amazing book and I couldn't be happier for the attention your work is finally getting. I hope the backlist gets some long deserved sunlight, too.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
we're hoping to get the first two out again soon!
Estaraestara on February 1st, 2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
Banzai, banzai, banzai!!
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Snuffy LaRue: bookshipjess_ka on January 31st, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
Big congrats! It is very deserved!
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
thank you!
Estaraestara on January 31st, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations 16th! I love the huge amount of star stickers from favourable reviews around CNV, too. And ooo did they go for the good florists there, lovely ^^.

Were you wearing your wartime coat in the picture?
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
no, that is actually a coat I bought about the same time - it actually fits me. The wartime coat I use for dressing up because it is a wee bit too tight. Not good for hiking!
Estaraestara on February 1st, 2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
Especially hiking in the cold *nod* It looks lovely, and I like your brooch
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
thank you! It is based on a real snowflake - a copy of one of Wilson Bentley's original snowflake photographs from the early 20th century - I bought it in the Jericho Historical Society in Vermont! http://snowflakebentley.com/
Estaraestara on February 1st, 2013 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh that's lovely! Great selection of appropriate goodies in their giftshop.
ext_1627524 on February 1st, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Code Name Verity was the most extraordinary book I read last year. I'm so glad it won a prize.
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations
Thank you - that's extraordinary praise!
Shawn Eckman SipeShawn Eckman Sipe on February 1st, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
Printz Honor
Congratulations from a Central Pennsylvanian-turned-Seattle librarian. I heard the news as it was announced here. Keep up the great work!
E Weineegatland on February 1st, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Printz Honor
That must have been so much fun! Thank you. I recognize your name from Goodreads - I think we are friends there.
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E Weineegatland on February 7th, 2013 11:12 am (UTC)
thanks so much! and I love hearing about it getting love in Mock Printz discussions. Means people are reading (and I hope *enjoying*) it!
Nicolenicolebeth on March 27th, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I LOVED Code Name Verity! I'm recommending it to everyone I know. I look forward to rereading. Congratulations on all your well-deserved awards and accolades.
E Weineegatland on April 3rd, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Congratulations!
thank you very much - both for the compliment and the recommendations!