Gone Fishing!

Fishing at West Lahave

So while I was off fishing with my family in West Lahave there was a little bit of a stir going on unbeknownst to me. My daughter called my cell phone to say congratulations. “Bitter, Sweet” has been shortlisted for the Geoffery Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

Word from the publisher is that it’s quite a honour.  Hey, I’d say!!

So do you think I am excited?

Excited doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling.

Here’s part of the official word, straight from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre:


Sponsored by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Bilson Endowment Fund

Bitter, Sweet
Written by Laura Best (Springfield, NS)
Nimbus Publishing
for ages 10 and up

“A beautifully crafted novel set in 1948 in Nova Scotia told by Pru, a young girl trying to keep her siblings together after their father abandons them and their mother dies… Best has masterfully created a sense of time and place… The characters are thoughtfully developed and their relationships to each other skillfully described.”

I’ve been nominated along with some pretty cool writers : John Wilson , Barbara Haworth-Attard, Shane Peacock , and Nancy Hartry.

Here’s my son’s girlfriend catching her very first fish ever.. I kind of know how she  feels.

Guess I should go fishing more often!!

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  1. Michelle

     /  July 16, 2010

    Congrats Momma! :D

  2. Congratulations, Laura. It’s a wonderful honour. Enjoy!

  3. Melanie

     /  July 16, 2010

    I just had to blab!!! :D Such great news!!

  4. Congratulations on the wonderful news, Laura! That’s fantastic. You really did catch a big one, didn’t you?

    You go girl! I must read your book. It sounds so great. It’s on my reading list for sure.


  5. Congratulations, Laura…that’s really cool! Fingers crossed for the win!


  6. Keith C.

     /  July 16, 2010


  7. Judi

     /  July 16, 2010

    Way to go, Laura. I have my fingers, toes and everything else crossed for you.
    I suppose that I am going to have to make an appointment to see you now….
    Do you know when they choose the winner?????

  8. Laura, I am so proud of you! I can’t begin to know how you must feel, but I am pleased to have met you before you are too famous. ;) Congratulations and I join you in expecting more good things through this. All the best always.

  9. Wow, what a great honour! No wonder you’re excited. I’m doing a happy dance for you and joining the others in crossing fingers and toes. (Do you know how awkward it is dancing on crossed toes?) Wishing you a win!!

  10. I just came from Carol’s blog where she’s bragged on you like a mother hen. I think this is great, fantastic. You must be ecstatic.

    • Syr Ruus

       /  July 16, 2010

      I went fishing today and caught two sculpin. No mention of awards though when I got home. Congratulations!

  11. What a great time to spend those Chapters/Indigo gift cards I just got from Air Miles!

    • Wait – context: I’ve been watching my budget so I haven’t bought any books for awhile, so this spending of Air Miles has been a real treat for me. Not that Bitter, Sweet is only good for gift cards. *facepalm*

  12. Wow! Congratulations, Laura. That is awesome news. Wow. Good for you!

  13. Thank you all for the good wishes and the Congrats! So glad to have you all to share this terrific news with!!!

  14. Genuinely happy for you, Laura. Fantastic news. I’ll cross everything, including my eyes, if it’ll help you win.

  15. Glenna

     /  July 17, 2010

    Congratulations, Laura! :)

  16. Madison Woods

     /  July 19, 2010

    Very good news indeed! Congratulations, you already are a winner :)

  17. Fantastic!

  18. chezjlb

     /  July 19, 2010

    What exciting news! Congratulations!

  19. Good job, laura!

  20. This is great. Enjoy the moment!

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