As a lifelong Michigan resident, I’m thrilled to claim novelist Jaimy Gordon as one of our own. Ms. Gordon, a professor at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, received the National Book Award last night for her novel, Lord of Misrule, a small press publication that explores horse racing in West Virginia.
In her acceptance speech, Ms. Gordon indicated her somewhat surprising win was a “message of hope” for all writers.
It’s a nice boost for Michigan, too.
Ms. Gordon will be reading from Lord of Misrule at my local library on December 5, 2010. You can bet I’ll be there, with bells on!