Well, today started out pretty darn well.  I heard OUR DAILY BREAD was longlisted for the Giller Prize.

All prizes are, of course, as much a matter of luck and timing as anything else. I know there were some wonderful books published this year that didn’t make it onto the list.

I also know it’s a very steep climb from the long list to the short list, but given that the writer’s life is filled with so much rejection, disappointment and criticism, it’s important to celebrate these moments and enjoy them.

The jury this year is Roddy Doyle, Gary Shteyngart and Ann Porter, all people I respect tremendously. The list is intriguing, and I feel truly honored to be considered among these fine writers.

A friend, writer Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer  wrote early today to congratulate me and closed by saying, “Roddy Doyle read your book and liked it!” What a privilege.

We are entitled to nothing, everything is a gift.  As tomorrow is my birthday, how lovely to get this gift a day early.  Let the party begin!

8 Comments

  1. lucky8 on September 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Wow – what a great birthday celebration! I loved Our Daily Bread and can see why you’ve been selected for this recognition. Congratulations on this fantistic news.

    • Lauren B. Davis on September 5, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Thanks SO much! Here’s the truth though — Before Giller Prize nomination: walk dog and pick up poop. After Giller Prize nomination: walk dog and pick up poop.

      • Susan Ronn on September 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

        Both your book and that little ball of fluff are fabulous. Congratulations!!!

        • Lauren B. Davis on September 5, 2012 at 4:00 pm

          Thanks so much, Susan. You know how much I appreciate it! 😉

  2. Leslie on September 5, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    That is very exciting news! Happy Birthday, Lauren!

    • Lauren B. Davis on September 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks, Leslie. It’s so nice of you to take the time to comment. 🙂

  3. emily lennon on September 7, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Congratulations on this great news!

    • Lauren B. Davis on September 7, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Thank you very much, Emily. Very kind of you, indeed.

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