Recently, the winners of the first annual Independent Literary Awards were announced, and the winner for Literary Fiction was Safe From the Sea by Peter Geye, published by Unbridled Books (see my review). The author's and publisher's appreciation and respect for the awards (and book bloggers and readers in general) has made the awards process so much more fulfilling than it might have been, although I didn't really consider that aspect while reading the shortlist.
Lyndsey at Amused, Bemused and Confused, one of the judges for the Indie Lit Awards in Literary Fiction, interviewed Peter, and his replies are such a delight to read (see the full interview here). Whether you typically enjoy author interviews or not, this is one you should check out. It doesn't happen very often that I enjoy an interview. (No offense meant toward anyone--it is a personal defect, I am certain. My mind drifts and I start to wonder if I have some odd form of ADD that inhibits me from concentrating on single paragraph responses.) This interview, however, was an exception.
I'm looking forward to more writing from Peter Geye, and will definitely be getting my hands on more fiction from Unbridled Books. If you want to know more, check out these links:
- A brief article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune about Peter Geye winning the Indie Lit Awards.
- The Lit Witch had a Small Press Spotlight on Unbridled Books--a great intro to who they are
- Subscribe to Unbridled Books--a good deal for those who love their books
- She is Too Fond of Books interview with Unbridled about Cover Art
- Conversational Reading interview with Unbridled about publishing in a recession