Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thriller award for "The Edge of Seventeen"!

Just returned from crazy breakneck weekend – Thrillerfest in NY, where my story “The Edge of Seventeen” from THE DARKER MASK anthology won the Thriller award for Best Short Fiction!

ThrillerMaster Award: David Morrell
In recognition of his vast body of work and influence in the field of literature

Silver Bullet Award: Brad Meltzer
For contributions to the advancement of literacy

Silver Bullet Corporate Award: Dollar General Literacy Foundation
For longstanding support of literacy and education

Best Thriller of the Year:
THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND by Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster)

Best First Novel:
CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central Publishing)

Best Short Story:
THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN by Alexandra Sokoloff (in Darker Mask)

Thrilled to be in that company - and very happy to be the estrogen in the lineup.

Then straight on to do signings at ALA, the American Library Association conference in Chicago.

And I have to say Chicago was as beautiful as I’ve ever seen it, ever – absolutely stunning weather, which I don’t think I’ve ever been able to say about Chicago before. I could almost have been lulled into living there if I didn’t know what happens around November. Or in July, actually.

On all fronts, a great week.

Headed into a couple of weeks of signings and interviews while doing revisions on BOOK OF SHADOWS and at the same time I have to sort out everything and, oh yeah, get back to blogging.

Not much that looks like vacation there, but I’m not complaining.

Here are some upcoming events if you’re in the Raleigh/Durham area:

July 20, Charlotte, NC, Gastonia, NC
Radio Interview, WSGE FM
Randy Walker, Host
6:00-6:30, EST

July 22, Durham, NC
The Regulator Bookshop
Reading, signing
Wednesday, 7 pm

July 27, Cary, NC
Barnes & Noble Mystery Book Club
Book discussion, signing
Cary Commons
760 SE Maynard
Monday 7 pm

THE UNSEEN - interview on North Carolina Bookwatch
Date TBA

August 29, Durham, NC
Barnes & Noble, New Hope Commons
5400 New Hope Commons
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 419-8290
Saturday, 2 – 4 pm

And some things in So Cal, too:

August 10, San Bernardino, CA
Feldheym Library, Kellogg Room
Book discussion, signing
6-8 p.m.
555 W 6th St
San Bernardino, CA 92410-3001
(909) 381-8201

August 15, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands, CA
Barnes & Noble
Signings at Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga and Redlands stores
Saturday, times TBA

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
27460 Lugonia Ave
Redlands, CA 92374

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
11090 Foothill Blvd
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730-3821
(909) 980-5586

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Galleria at Tyler
3485 Tyler Street, Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 358-0899


Bobby Mangahas said...

Big time congratulations on the Thriller Alex!

Wish I could go to one of your events, but I AM planning on Thrillerfest next year, so hopefully we can catch up there, if not sooner. :-]

BT said...

Congratulations and well deserved.

Jeremy James said...

Congrats! Well deserved. You're an awesome writer.

Karen from Mentor said...

congrats Alex!

big HUG!

Karen :0)

laughingwolf said...

grats alex... way to go! :)

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Thanks, everyone!

I promise I'll be back to blogging by next week. This has been the craziest month - good and bad.

Tracy Sharp - Author of the Leah Ryan Series said...

Woohoo! Congrats! Fantastic news.

Gayle Carline said...

I'm so excited - you'll actually be in my neck of the woods in August! Well, maybe not the neck... perhaps the ankle... I'm in Orange County, which is driveably close to Riverside and San Bernadino. Anyway, hope to see you then!

And many, many congratulations on the award. When I saw the email from ITW, I just KNEW I'd see your name on the list of winners.


Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Thanks, Trace!

And Gayle, it would be great to see you at one of the So Cal signings.

I also had some feelings the story would win. It's set at the high school I went to and out of the blue, a few days before TFest, someone I went to school with but hadn't seen since that exact time period contacted me and it just felt like a sign.

And then at TFest my friend Hank Schwaeble was wearing snakeskin boots, which is a major clue in the story. I mean, what are the odds? That's when I pretty much knew.

billie said...

Congratulations, Alex! I'm still hoarding The Unseen. I have a feeling once I pick it up I won't put it down again until I get to the end, so I'm delaying gratification. :)

Tara McClendon said...

Congrats! Way to represent female writers everywhere.

Holly Y said...

Congratulations Alex! Thanks for keeping estrogen in there, and for great writing.

Jake Nantz said...

Congratulations, Alex! That's great news about your short. Way to go!

Alexandra Sokoloff said...

Thank you, thank you! I'm still glowing!