My YA novel Bereft won another award!

Last evening, I got some good news. Bereft, my YA novel about bullying, won a Silver Independent Book Publisher Award (IPPY). This is in addition to the Bronze Moonbeam Award. This is truly the Little Book That Could.

Below is a video review of Bereft I found a while ago on YouTube. (Thanks to the reviewer!)
Thanks to my publisher (Tiny Satchel Press) and everyone who read the book!

World Fantasy, Moonbeam Awards, Birthday Book Giveaway

This past weekend, I attended and volunteered for the World Fantasy Convention, which was practically in my backyard. In addition to catching up with and meeting various writer friends, I enjoyed the panels and the readings. Congratulations to the WFA winners, especially Ellen Datlow (Lifetime Achievement) and Sofia Samatar (Best Novel).

While I was at World Fantasy, my YA novel BEREFT received the Bronze Moonbeam Award (in the Mature Issues category). Unfortunately, I could not be at the ceremony. Thanks to the Moonbeam Award Committee and to the fellow winners, which include fellow Tiny Satchel Press author Lisa R. Nelson.  More about the awards is here).

Finally, today is the last day to enter my GoodReads Book Giveaway for SKIN DEEP MAGIC. The contest ends tomorrow–my birthday! The winners will receive an autographed copy of the book in the mail.

Mention of BEREFT at Bookriot

Alison Peters of the weblog Book Riot includes BEREFT in a list of Coming Out and Coming of Age YA LGBTQ books. It’s great to have my book listed among work by such folks as David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block & Malindo Lo.

Of BEREFT, she says:

It’s every young, closeted/confused gay, black boy’s worst nightmares, all at once.

That’s what I was aiming for–a portrait of the stress of being Other in a hostile environment.

Read the rest of the list here.

 

 

“Bereft,” my YA novel, won a Bronze Moonbeam Award!

The 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards were announced yesterday. The Moonbeam Awards are about, “Celebrating Youthful Curiosity, Discovery and Learning through Books and Reading

Bereft placed third in the “Young Adult Fiction-Mature Issues” category–the Bronze Medal.

My publisher, Tiny Satchel Press, also had another win: Drifting by Lisa R. Nelson won the Silver medal.

Writing is such a solitary pursuit; it’s great to get recognition every now and then.

moonbeam-silver and bronze medals

Bereft in the DC Public Library System and Forthcoming Library Event.

My YA novel Bereft is finally in the DC Public Library system. Now is as good a time as any to announce that a library event is in the works for this spring/summer, to coincide with DC’s LGBT Pride Festival. More information forthcoming.

Bereft displayed in the MLK Library's Teenspace!

Bereft displayed in the MLK Library’s Teenspace!

 

My novel BEREFT gets a great review from Lambda Literary

Reviewer Lydia Harris says of BEREFT:

“Gidney’s storytelling abilities, complemented by his deftness with words and strong writing skills, result in an outstanding contribution to the young adult genre. The believably realized characters, strong description, and relevant knowledge of the adolescent experience, when combined with his willingness to take on the “hard” controversial issues facing today’s youth’s marks him as an author to watch. Undoubtedly his future work will be even more rewarding for readers”

Read the rest of this great review over at Lambda Literary Online.

Gidney’s storytelling abilities, complemented by his deftness with words and strong writing skills, result in an outstanding contribution to the young adult genre. The believably realized characters, strong description, and relevant knowledge of the adolescent experience, when combined with his willingness to take on the “hard” controversial issues facing today’s youth’s marks him as an author to watch. Undoubtedly his future work will be even more rewarding for readers. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/06/24/bereft-by-craig-laurance-gidney/#sthash.ZCCNJcDy.dpuf
Gidney’s storytelling abilities, complemented by his deftness with words and strong writing skills, result in an outstanding contribution to the young adult genre. The believably realized characters, strong description, and relevant knowledge of the adolescent experience, when combined with his willingness to take on the “hard” controversial issues facing today’s youth’s marks him as an author to watch. Undoubtedly his future work will be even more rewarding for readers. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/06/24/bereft-by-craig-laurance-gidney/#sthash.ZCCNJcDy.dpuf
Gidney’s storytelling abilities, complemented by his deftness with words and strong writing skills, result in an outstanding contribution to the young adult genre. The believably realized characters, strong description, and relevant knowledge of the adolescent experience, when combined with his willingness to take on the “hard” controversial issues facing today’s youth’s marks him as an author to watch. Undoubtedly his future work will be even more rewarding for readers. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/06/24/bereft-by-craig-laurance-gidney/#sthash.ZCCNJcDy.dpuf
Gidney’s storytelling abilities, complemented by his deftness with words and strong writing skills, result in an outstanding contribution to the young adult genre. The believably realized characters, strong description, and relevant knowledge of the adolescent experience, when combined with his willingness to take on the “hard” controversial issues facing today’s youth’s marks him as an author to watch. Undoubtedly his future work will be even more rewarding for readers. – See more at: http://www.lambdaliterary.org/reviews/06/24/bereft-by-craig-laurance-gidney/#sthash.ZCCNJcDy.dpuf
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