For me, 2012 has been the type of year where every bit of good news is a big deal. So imagine my surprise and delight when I recently got one of those phone calls.
I placed second in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.
Wow. Just wow. I still almost can’t believe that I placed. It truly is a big deal, and a huge honor. What’s more, the ABAA is arranging my attendance to the awards ceremony at the Library of Congress, taking place in October.
It is also a bittersweet victory. I wrote my contest entry in the weeks leading up to and following my sister’s passing. I promised her I’d enter this contest no matter what, so I did. But after I found out I placed, I couldn’t call to tell her about it. Instead, I called my mom, and we cried that Rachel wouldn’t be at the awards ceremony, or anywhere else.
The announcement from the ABAA for the 2012 contest winners can be found here. In previous years, it has also included the winning entries’ full text. It’s still early, so we’ll see. If or when they do upload contest entries, my entry contains the answers to the following questions:
- What prompted me to start my collection?
- About how many books are in my collection, circa spring 2012?
- What books have I been trying to find for years without success?
I’m super excited about placing, but of course, I have some wonderful people to thank. I’d like to thank my mom (the enabler), who usually tells me it’s okay to buy yet another book, and my dad, for putting up with the book avalanche, as well as for staying up way past his bed-time to help me format my contest entry. And I would like to give a big thank you to Martha Conway for writing such a wonderful recommendation for me, and for enthusiastically encouraging me to continue forward during really tough times.
UPDATE: My full contest entry is now attached! Kahan_NCBCC