Got some wonderful news recently. The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA), selected Beautiful Music as the Adult Fiction award winner of their "Great Lakes Great Reads" program, an annual program to recognize excellence in writing for books about or written by authors with ties to the Great Lakes region. I'm in some good company. Past winners include Bonnie Jo Campbell and David Maraness. The awards ceremony was held in Minneapolis on October 3rd, at the GLIBA's annual Heartland Fall Forum. The event was MC'd by Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs. I met some cool folks like Nickolas and Chloe Benjamin, and had a great time, as you can tell by the photo. Dork!