A Little Buzz

I have fallen down on my “pass along the news” job—the one you probably didn’t realize I’d shouldered. 😛 . It’s not an official job, of course, but I do like to keep readers here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction informed about whatever book or author buzz seems significant.

The biggest, I suppose, is that the Christy Award winners were announced at the International Christian Retail Show on Saturday. I am so happy to point out that three of these winners—yes, THREE—were books featured by the CSFF Blog Tour. Three. Even though there is only one Speculative category (called Visionary).

So here are your results, with the CSFF features in red.


    Breach of Trust by DiAnn Mills – Tyndale House Publishers


    Who Do I Talk To? by Neta Jackson – Thomas Nelson


    The Passion of Mary-Margaret by Lisa Samson – Thomas Nelson


    Fireflies in December by Jennifer Erin Valent – Tyndale House Publishers


    Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin – Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group


The Silent Governess by Julie Klassen – Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group


    Lost Mission by Athol Dickson – Howard Books: a Division of Simon & Schuster


    By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson – Marcher Lord Press


    North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson – WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group

Congratulations to all the winners, but especially to Jill, Athol, and Andrew. In my opinion, the speculative titles are getting better and better—these winners had stiff competition. It’s exciting to see.

An interesting announcement came out of ICRS as well—this one from the American Christian Fiction Writers. They have named their Book of the Year Award after Carol Johnson former Bethany editor who signed Janette Oke back in 1979. From now on the ACFW award will be know as the Carol Award.

All this talk of awards remind me of the Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction—a readers’ choice award. Nominations will close at the end of June, but rather than starting the voting process right away, July is designated as Read Christian Speculative Fiction month. What a great way to enjoy the summer!

Reading is especially important because only those who have read at least two of the nominations will be eligible to vote. Those who have a favorite author are of course welcome to vote—as long as they have read at least one other (hopefully more) book on the list.

By the way, anyone looking for the CSFF Top Tour Blogger Award poll to determine the June winner, check back tomorrow.

One final tidbit for today. Fellow fantasy writer, friend, and regular reader here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction, Morgan L. Busse, is now also a blogger. You can read her inaugural post (besides a short test), “In darkness there is light,” then subscribe to receive her articles via email. As I recall, her goal is to post every Friday. I’d say she’s off to a great start.

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