The year was amazing. Hard to pick the best things, but I’ll try:
Best literary novel: Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter.
Best SFF: American Elsewhere, Robert Jackson Bennett
Best first word from a child: warthog
Best sight: Early December in my garden: a red rose frozen solid and perfectly unfurled.
Best book store: A Book For all Seasons in Leavenworth, WA; here I am at Indie Authors First, Small Business Saturday at the store, handselling other people’s books.
Best TV series: Foyle’s War
Best espionage: The Spies of Warsaw, Alan Furst
Best trip: San Diego for son’s wedding at the lovely Bishop School in La Jolla
Best historical: Benedict Hall, Cate Campbell
Best best-seller: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
Best big conference: Worldcon, San Antonio
Best little conference: Write on the River, Wenatchee WA (OK, biased!)
Best book cover: My lovely A Thousand Perfect Things (OK, biased again!)
Best unexpected nice thing: The Ingram sales rep said he Loved A Thousand Perfect Things
Best reading event: With Larry Brooks in Portland, SFWA Reading series
Best Interview: Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing with John Dodd and Timothy Ward