Image description: The covers of the five books on the shortlist and underneath text reading “The Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation, honors and extends Bradbury’s literary legacy by celebrating and elevating the writers working in his field today. Bradbury always made his own rules, writing across specific genre boundaries throughout his career.” And below that, the logo of the Ray Bradbury Foundation.

Today I woke up to snow (boo!) and the news that Spear is one of five finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Ray Bradbury Prize (yay!). Here’s the shortlist:

  • Sara Gran, “The Book of the Most Precious Substance”
  • Nicola Griffith, “Spear”
  • Alex Jennings, “The Ballad of Perilous Graves”
  • Ray Nayler, “The Mountain in the Sea: A Novel”
  • George Saunders, “Liberation Day: Stories”

I love being nominated for awards—and this is especially cool because it’s a new one for me. So I’m delighted!

It also means I’ll be in Los Angeles for a couple of days during the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 21-23. I’ll be at the ceremony on Friday, of course, but also doing a panel and/or reading over the weekend. More details when I have them.

For now I’m going to go drink more coffee and watch the snow fall…