Happy New Year!

Dear joyful reader,

I want to share a few pieces of good news.

First, I learned that The Snow Child won the PNBA 2013 Book Award. Each year the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association recognizes as many as six books written by authors in the region. Nearly as thrilling as the award itself is the company I join in this year’s award. The other winners: Sherman Alexie (Seattle, WA) for Blasphemy; Jonathan Evison (Bainbridge Island, WA) for The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving; Lucia Perillo (Olympia, WA) for On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths; Cheryl Strayed (Portland, OR) for Wild; and G. Willow Wilson (Seattle, WA) for Alif the Unseen.

Several of these books I’ve already read and thoroughly enjoyed, and I’m looking forward to the others.

But there are other, perhaps quieter but equally joyful events in my life.  During a cross-country skiing and ice fishing adventure yesterday to a nearby lake, my 5-year-old caught a beautiful 16-inch trout. We cooked it for dinner, and I have never seen a prouder fishergirl.

And this quiet afternoon at home alone, everyone off to school and work, I sat at my computer working when the sunlight burst through a mountain valley and poured in our front windows. It has been nearly a month since the sun directly hit our house. I nearly made myself blind staring into that beautiful light. After a few short minutes, it disappeared again behind the mountain. But I know it will be back again tomorrow, and for just a little bit longer.

Wishing you sunshine, a fish on the end of your line, and a happy new year,



Here comes the sun! As seen from my living room today at 1:15 p.m.


  • Sarah davis says:

    Happy new year to you Eowyn and I hope 2013 is as exciting as the last year
    Best wishes from Sarah in London

  • Happy New Year! Congratulations on the book award!! The Snow Child is one of the most amazing stories I’ve ever read and is so very deserving of it.

  • Mr Jim. says:

    Congratulations to Rory on her exceptional catch. Standing by the window waiting for that orb to shine through my window. I’ve got another week or so to wait.

  • Betsy says:

    Congrats on the book award. I loved it. I’m glad you are continuing to get kudos for this fascinating story. I can’t wait for your next book.

  • Yesterday, as Jenny and I were driving back from Kenny Lake “Here Comes The Sun” came through the speakers and today at our house it came through the windows at 1:35PM, the watershed mark of January in Chickaloon. I look forward in several weeks to basking on the couch warmed by rays of sunshine. Of course, I have to kick the dog off first.

  • Manuela says:

    Happy New Year to you and congratulations on the award.
    I spent my Xmas break reading your book (at last) and the season’s atmosphere made it the more magical. I read it in english and I find the french title far less magical (may be because we French are too Cartesian :-)) ) than the beautiful snow that surrounds the whole story…………….I’d love to see your Alaska.

  • Ann DeSalvo says:

    I have convinced my Iowa book club to read your book. We will be discussing it next week. A few in my group said they aren’t interested in ” fairy tales” so wish me luck. I think I will serve hot chocolate to help them feel warm.
    Since I was in Wasilla for Thanksgiving I have a feel for an AK winter and I did stop at Fireside books but all PP were sold out. Last week I receivedthe signed one that I has ordered. Thanks for a wonderful story.

  • seabhag2 says:

    We got the sun on the 6th..Just a peek, but what an uplift it was! We can now really believe the spring will return! Congratulations! There is nothing more joyful than to see beautiful work recognized and appreciated.

  • Ginger Kruchko says:

    Hi Eowyn, Happy New Year! I just finished The Snow Child – what a wonderful book. I couldn’t put it down and felt like a child who couldn’t wait for the next time I could sit and read. But……in my child-like trance, I found myself so sad at the end, because there was no closure as to what really happened to Faina. Was she really sick with septicemia; knew she was dying and wanted to return to the forest (naked) to die? Did she leave without saying goodbye to those she loved because she couldn’t exist inside like a regular human? Does Garrett go so often to the forest to see her there or to find her? Perhaps there are no answers to these questions and that was your intent, but the child you brought in me, would love to know. Thank you , Ginger Kruchko

  • Teresa Roy says:

    Hi eowyn I sent you an email last week about being on my radio program . Did you receive it? I’d love to schedule you in and share our corner of Palmer. Let me know . And congratulations on your newest accolade .