FINDING MIRANDA, a comic romantic mystery by Iris Chacon, has been named a Finalist for the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Award for adult fiction. (Important note: That’s “adult,” meaning the novel is for grownups, rather than children. There is no content of a mature-audiences-only nature in any Iris Chacon novel.)
Edward Trayer, founder and chief executive of The Wishing Shelf Book Awards (website), made the announcement a few days before the scheduled March 1st revelation. The Wishing Shelf Awards are given in several age-range children’s categories and in the categories of adult fiction and adult non-fiction.
FINDING MIRANDA and the other adult Finalists have been and will be read, evaluated, and discussed by writing/publishing professionals in London and Stockholm. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2017. Children’s books are evaluated in a totally different manner, as Trayer describes on the WSA website:
I[Trayer] visit approximately 200 primary and secondary schools a year giving literary workshops. Here, I thought, was the perfect judging panel. I convinced a number of the headteachers (six, in fact) to allow their students to read and judge the children’s books entered in the award. This way, not only are the finalists and winners decided by the intended readers and not a panel of so-called ‘experts’…
Other Iris Chacon novels that have won awards in the past year include SCHIFFLEBEIN’S FOLLY and DUBY’S DOCTOR.