Roughly twenty years ago (my, that makes me sound old but a reader lives a thousand lives, right?!), Christy was my first Christian fiction experience. At the time I was a young teenager with a historical fiction obsession and I had recently watched (and completely enjoyed) the television mini-series based on the book. Today, I’m hosting 2017 Christy Nominee Bingo on Faithfully Bookish! Feels a bit like a full-circle moment!
Y’all can imagine my delight as I poured over the pages and proved to myself what all dedicated book lovers know to (nearly always) be true, “the book is better than the movie!” I still have that same paperback copy of Christy, it is well loved and worn yet brilliantly timeless (just like my Anne of Green Gables collection).
So, when I spy that little gold seal with my dear fictional friend’s name scrolled across it, I take notice of the book so honored by its presence while my reader heart remembers the place, tucked away in the Appalachian mountains, that time forgot.
About the Christy Awards
The Christy Award™ is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview and showcase the diversity of genres.
The award is named for Catherine Marshall’s enduring bestselling novel, Christy, published in 1967 and inspiring a continuing book series and a CBS television series starring Kellie Martin. The novel will be re-released in 2017 in a 50th anniversary legacy edition by Gilead Publishing in partnership with Kregel Publications.
Hosted by award-winning author and radio host Chris Fabry, this year’s celebration gala dinner will feature New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury as well as musician and writer Andrew Peterson. You can view the finalist list below.
About the Art of Writing Conference
The Art of Writing is designed to bring Christian creatives and publishing curators together for a half day of intensive seminars that celebrate the creative life, provide practical tips for overcoming challenges in a rapidly-changing industry, and answer questions authors are asking.
The speakers represent a wide range of roles and areas of expertise. Andrew Peterson, young adult writer and founder of the Rabbit Room, will give advice on how to create and benefit from a vibrant creative community, while Wheaton College professor Theon Hill, Ph.D. will present a survey of the obstacles and opportunities of diversity in Christian fiction.
Authors will receive encouragement for the ups and downs of the writing life from blogger Carrie Schmidt and author, agent, and ACFW public relations liaison Cynthia Ruchti. Finally, a panel of representatives from major ECPA publishers will share insider information on where the genre has been, where it’s going, and the exciting changes they see in today’s market for writers. Learn more about the speakers and sessions here.
We’d love to see you at the upcoming Art of Writing Conference and Christy Awards! If you’re in the Nashville area or want to drive out to see which authors will go home with the Christy Awards this year, here’s more information for you!
Let’s Play 2017 Christy Nominee Bingo!
Whenever a major award announces their list of finalists, eager readers flock to find esteemed new reads. One of the most thrilling instances is finding books you know and love among the possible winners! (Proving, of course, that you have excellent taste in books.) Today, we’re taking that casual list perusal to a whole new level…
To play, take a look at the Bingo card below and mentally check off all the titles you’ve read. (Note: if there are two titles in one square you don’t have to have read both books in a square, just one or the other. If you need a little refresher on these titles, a complete list including links is provided at the end of this post.)
If you have four in a row anywhere on the card, share the titles that formed your Reading Bingo in the comments below THEN enter your contact information in the Rafflecopter form. Christy Nominee Bingo ends 10/23/17 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time.
YOU could win a recently-released surprise book! TWO winners will be randomly generated and contacted via email on Tuesday, October 24.
Let’s give our dear friend, the lovely Amy Green a BIG grateful round of applause for putting together this fun bookish game and Christy Award Celebration blog tour!
Christy Award Celebration blog tour schedule
Monday, October 9:
Top Ten Writing Industry Issues at Seekerville
Tuesday, October 10:
Survey: Give Us Your Best Questions at By the Book
Wednesday, October 11:
Interview with Dr. Theon Hill at Reading is My Superpower
Thursday, October 12:
Celebrating the Christy Awards…With a Giveaway! at Bethany House Fiction
Friday, October 13:
Quiz: Pick Your Gala Dress at Dani Pettrey’s blog
Saturday, October 14:
Eight Reasons to Come to The Art of Writing at The Power of Words
Sunday, October 15:
Interview with Carrie Schmidt at Bookworm Mama
Monday, October 16:
Interview with Cynthia Ruchti at Just Commonly
Tuesday, October 17:
Christy Nominee Bingo and Giveaway at Faithfully Bookish
Wednesday, October 18:
The Unofficial Readers’ Choice Cover Awards at Singing Librarian Books
2017 Christy nominee titles
Let’s chat about these lovely stories!
How many of the 26 2017 Christy Nominee Finalists have you read, reader friends?
I’ve completed 10 titles so far but I have also added a few more to my tbr tower!
Who has a Reading Bingo?!
I didn’t have four in a row anywhere!
Have YOU read Christy by Catherine Marshall?
REMEMBER: share your Bingo in the comments
Rafflecopter to be entered for the prize.