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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Soon to Be Famous Judging Update...

We have three finalists!
Congratulations to:
Rick Polad, author of Change of Address.
Nominated by Philips Library, Aurora University
Mary Hutchings Reed, author of Warming Up.
Nominated by the Mount Prospect Public Library
Joanne Zienty, author of The Things We Save.
Nominated by CCSD 62 Forest School, Des Plaines
The entire judging committee will read all three books.  The winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 p.m. at the RAILS office at 126 Tower Drive in Burr Ridge.  Please join us for a reception, light refreshments, and the reveal of our Soon to Be Famous Author!

I added links to the Kindle copy pages for each book so you could read the finalists for yourself if you wanted.

I was one of the second round judges for The Things We Save, so I was happy to see that one move on to the final round for two reasons.  First, because I enjoyed it.  But second, because now I only have to read 2 of the three by the 31st.

I won’t have more to say on this until announcement day, but that is only the beginning of the journey.  The entire idea of this award is for the library community to band together, show our influence, pluck a worthy author from unpublished obscurity, and bring him or her into the spotlight, hopefully helping him or her to achieving a publishing contract along the way.  All of this to show publishers that while we don’t charge patrons for the books they borrow, we are still useful to them.

So stay tuned...

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