Happy Thanksgiving weekend! In addition to being grateful for good food, wonderful company, and elastic waistbands, there’s something else I’ve been grateful for in 2017. It’s taken me a while to write about it, and I think word has already gotten around, but I won the inaugural Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize.
I’m incredibly grateful to Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax for starting this prize. Even before I knew I had won, it was a really great opportunity to update my files on my collection, and yes, work on my bibliography. The bibliography that I first started in 2012 has been growing intermittently over the years. It’s still not fully updated, but it is currently just shy of thirty pages. The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize asked for a fifty book maximum, so I picked fifty favorites and revisited those entries. It was pretty intense. It felt like I had cranked the “book nerd” dial to eleven as I started tracking down census records, closed department stores, and even old addresses.
Side by side with my 2012 NCBCC entry, it was really something to see how much had changed in five years. A side note to blog readers who know me or my family personally, I entered the contest on July 13, 2017.
Heather called with the good news in September, and I was super excited to see the announcement in the Paris Review. I had fun surprising my mom with that news. Since then, I’ve had a super busy fall. To all new blog readers who came to this blog through the Paris Review or subsequent coverage, welcome and I promise to have a new book review up shortly!
Over the past few months, several articles have covered different aspects of the Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize as well as my collection. There are still a few more articles in the works, which I’ll continue to add here as they roll out:
The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize is an annual award for women book collectors aged thirty and under. Read more about the contest here. The deadline for next year’s contest is June 1, 2018.