Just before Laurie and I left on a sprawling Thanksgiving trek that has temporarily landed us at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Northern California for Laurie to prune a few fine old trees, I heard via the grapevine that Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus was shortlisted for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association 2011 Book Awards. I didn't quite believe it, but it was true. Big news in my little world. In part because some of the other authors on the list were literary heroes of mine when I first started writing - Rick Bass, Ivan Doig - and all of them are authors I admire.
Additional kudos - and thanks - to Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA student Janet Buttenwieser. The PNBA folks chose to link to the interview she did with me outside Elliott Bay Books in May as introduction to the book.