The Michigan Notable Books for 2019 were recently released and I was thrilled to see Beautiful Music among this year's selections. It's a great honor just to have the book chosen because so many books are published every year so it's wonderful to get noticed. Media outlets all over the state will be covering the winning books, so it's helpful as well. It's also cool to be on a list with such a diverse selection of books -- everything from fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, children's books, YA, poetry, histories, biographies and more. All of them either written by Michiganians, set in the state, or dealing with Michigan subject matter. My story collection The Lost Tiki Palaces of Detroit was a Michigan Notable Book in 2010. Bonus: On the official press release, fellow Ferndale author Josh Malerman and I both got a shout-out for our previous books that have been made into films. The Leisure Seeker for me and the phenomenally successful Netflix film Bird Box for Josh. Pretty damn cool.