Rurally Screwed nominated for a literary prize

by Jessie K on February 13, 2013

RURALLY SCREWED pbk cover

I’m pinching myself. My book Rurally Screwed was just nominated in the nonfiction category for the 16th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards. I am so honored and excited! I never win anything! And probably won’t this time either! (Actually, not true — I won a bubble gum blowing contest at day camp in the fourth grade for which I was awarded a family pack of Hubba Bubba bubble gum, one of the defining moments of my childhood.)

Here’s the thing about being nominated in the nonfiction category in a state like Virginia. Do you know how many books about the Civil War are published by Virginians in a given year?  A lot. Like, so many I can’t even count that high. Which means that my book, with its “unexpected, unpretentious — and very funny — heft” (NPR.org), may be like the lame gazelle galloping at the back of the herd; ripe for a take down by the more stately nonfiction tomes about more serious matters, like — oh, I don’t know — THE HORRORS OF SLAVERY, and other big topics pertaining to The War of Northern Aggression.

But who knows? Maybe this is the year the powers-that-be are looking for a book that deftly explores working in women’s magazines while a loved one deploys, and how to eat and enjoy a scrumptious deer neck taco. Fingers crossed! Winners will be announced in October. (Can I wait that long?)

(See a run down of the Library of Virginia’s past nominees and winners here.)

(To buy an autographed copy of Rurally Screwed, call and order from my local bookstore Books & Co. here.

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Chuck Smith February 13, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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Deer neck taco.
Funniest thing I’ve heard this month!

Chuck Smith February 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

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Sincere and enthusiastic congratulations, by the way.

Jessie K February 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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Thanks, Chuck! And deer neck tacos will be the next big culinary trend, just wait.

Paula February 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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Congratulations!

Leah February 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

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Yes, yes, yes. Best wishes. It is such an honor just to be nominated. Stay positive, you can win this.

Aunt Melanie February 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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Congratulations & best wishes! Well deserved!

Stockyard Queen February 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

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Congratulations! You deserve it!

Jessie K February 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

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Thanks, Stockyard Queen!

Kim February 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm

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That’s wonderful news, Jessie. Congratulations!

deb February 13, 2013 at 6:35 pm

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What exciting news–congratulations and best of luck!

Shelby at Fresh Eggs Farm February 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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Congrats for the nomination – we love reading your blog!

Penny February 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

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All right! You go girl!! Congratz!

Bob F February 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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Why are your readers, including me, not surprised at this news? Can you wait until October? Probably not but what choice do you have? Just revel in the recognition. Best of luck to an outstanding writer!

Jessie K February 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

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Thanks, Bob!

ThomG February 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

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Way-da-go, Jessie!!! No surprise here. Don’t be looking for any cake decorating nominations though…just keepin’ it real!

Jessie K February 14, 2013 at 10:03 am

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Oh, snap! ;-)

Janelle February 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

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Oh, you both are so funny!!!
A nice chuckle.

Congratulations Jessie! Let us know!

Charlie February 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

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Congratulations! Bubble gum blowing contests are not easy to win so you might have a good shot at this one also. Good luck.

Jessie K February 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

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You’ve just given me renewed hope, Charlie. Thank you.

Melanie February 18, 2013 at 2:09 am

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No Way ! You totally rock and so does your book. You mostly definitely deserve to win. Best of luck!

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