Tuesday, September 11, 2007
More than slightly stunned...

I just won the Quill Award....

This is... This is really big. Steven Cobert [Edit: Sorry, that should have been "Colbert."] is opening the show. Al Gore and Scott McCloud are going to be there because they won in their respective categories.

I guess I really will have to get a tuxedo now. And soon. The award ceremony is less than two months away...



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Anonymous becca said...


September 11, 2007 4:14 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Congratulations!! You really deserve it!
You've got my vote for the best of the year :)

September 11, 2007 4:49 AM  
Blogger Michael Natale said...

Congrats, man! You must be completely stoked. I was hoping your work got some award-love like this.

September 11, 2007 5:09 AM  
Blogger chris said...

Rothfuss, Patrick Rothfuss. Quill Award Winner.

Sounds neat. Congrats man.

September 11, 2007 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That gives you a good two months to practice your surprised look for when they do announce your name. Congrats!

September 11, 2007 6:04 AM  
Blogger Cory said...

Congratulations. For proper training on award acceptance, see the movie "Miss Congeniality". :D

Do you get a new cover for NotW reflecting the award? (that way all have to go buy another copy) :)

September 11, 2007 6:57 AM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Congratulations Pat, that's fantastic. You definitely deserve it, I can't wait to see you all gussied up for the awards show

September 11, 2007 7:01 AM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

CONGRATS!!!! GREATLY deserved . . . the first of many, i'm sure!!!

September 11, 2007 7:22 AM  
Blogger Betse said...

huzzah to you, my friend!

and also? please post pictures of you in your soon-to-be-necesssary tux. i'd like to see that.

September 11, 2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Very many well deserved congrats

September 11, 2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Lia said...

Congratulations, Pat! And kudoz to the Quill jury for picking your book - it definitely deserves this.

September 11, 2007 8:03 AM  
Anonymous Orion Bühler said...

Good going! Can't say I didn't see this one coming. >.o

Now you get a couple months to mull over the way you want your beard to look like in all the photos - and what kind of tuxedo you want. Classic and stylish? Perhaps a white tuxedo?

...Or you could really spice things up, and wear a pink tuxedo. Reporters would love it. >;}

September 11, 2007 8:33 AM  
Blogger Calenhíril said...

Wow, congrats, that's amazing. But you deserve it, of course.

You are made of win!

September 11, 2007 9:07 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Congrats! And hopefully you win many other awards and build a huge fanbase. w00p!

Right on!

September 11, 2007 9:17 AM  
Blogger Heath said...

Congratulations Pat! I wonder why you would win such a nice award... Oh yeah, cause you're a hell of a writer!!!

September 11, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger cam said...

Wow! That's really awesome! Congratulations.

And hi. I'm a lurker, just commenting for the first time today.

September 11, 2007 9:34 AM  
Anonymous Nic Johnson said...

Don't be so surprised. You are the best writer in years. Congrats.

September 11, 2007 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Ron said...

What's a quill award?

September 11, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

Wow! I am surprised you won. Normally award shows like that make really stupid decisions. I guess it goes to show you that even a blind pig finds a truffle now and then.

Congratulations, Pat!!!!! We are all happy for you!

September 11, 2007 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Frank said...

You really deserve it, Pat! Here's to you, raise a glass or two!

September 11, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

For a second I thought he said 'Steven Colbert'! Big difference...

Congrats Pat!!!!

September 11, 2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

Ha! He DID mean Steven Colbert! Ha! Cool. The typo confused me. Plus I am not sure why they would choose Colbert for a book related event but it is cool none the less.

September 11, 2007 10:44 AM  
Blogger Sharolon said...

Congrats!! I hate watching award shows, but this one I will make an effort to watch.

Way to go!!

September 11, 2007 11:12 AM  
Blogger Alena said...

Congrats, Pat! Very exciting news. XD

September 11, 2007 11:53 AM  
Blogger Carri said...

I think you should wear the gnome outfit you wore to Gencon. You'll get the most press coverage that way, not to mention everyone will realize that gnomes are COOL.

And congratulations. You really do deserve it.

September 11, 2007 12:34 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Congrats, Pat!
So happy for you-

I think the top hat will finish off the tuxedo very nicely, btw.

September 11, 2007 12:42 PM  
Blogger kelli said...

It is very well deserved. You are an amazing writer. Two months to come up with a memorable acceptance speech, why, that's plenty of time! You should definitely thank all the small people, and Ramen noodles. You should post pictures of you in different exotic tuxedoes, and let us fans choose which one you should wear. :)
I'm thinking a tux with tails. Tails are cool. Or a tux in the colors of David the Gnome! :)

September 11, 2007 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Garside said...

It's not often that people who hand out awards actually get it right. Congratulations.

I'm impressed by your humility. Good for you.

September 11, 2007 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Orion Bühler said...

I just took a peek at the quill book awards, over at


There were more categories than I expected! I've got a question for you, for after you finish your well-deserved ego boost from reading all these congratulations. Have you read or plan to read the other quill winners?

September 11, 2007 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Ryan K. said...

You are officially a rockstar. Congratulations! You've kicked more posterior this year than many writers do in a career.
I never had any doubt you'd win a Quill. It just seems like something you'd do. Like holding a roman candle in your hand ...

September 11, 2007 3:12 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...


I told ya, didn't I? Check your emails - I predicted it!

Congrats and enjoy it!


September 11, 2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Wow, Pat! That's incredible.

It's so funny how you wrote it as though you just got off the phone with Quill people and turned to us and told us. =)

I can't wait to watch you. You're going to do great in your acceptance speech.


September 11, 2007 4:59 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Everyone, you can vote for Pat's book for "Best book of the Year" on the msnbc website.


September 11, 2007 5:06 PM  
Blogger Kelly Swails said...

Dude, that rocks. You go. You're the man!

Now, go fix all the writing you screwed up yesterday.

How was that? Did I bring you back down to earth okay? ;)

September 11, 2007 5:28 PM  
Anonymous jessica said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news.

September 11, 2007 5:42 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Congratulations, Pat! It's great to see someone with real talent winning an award. Just be careful not to frighten Steven Colbert with your bear-like beard. ^_^

September 11, 2007 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Llyralei said...

Yes! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you!! Yeaaaaah!

Patrick Rothfuss. Winner of the 2007 Quill Award.

HAHA! Sooo cool! XD

September 11, 2007 6:54 PM  
Blogger Althalus said...

Was there every any doubt?

September 11, 2007 7:32 PM  
Blogger gillen033 said...

That's great, congrats man. Seriously though you should get an award for being a JERK...because now that I've read your book I've been let down by every other book I've read...they're just not good enough anymore,and it's killing me.
Seriously, you deserve this big time.

September 11, 2007 8:00 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

Congratulations! You definitely deserve the award. I hope you win the big one. I've definitely voted for you... Congrats again...

September 11, 2007 8:05 PM  
Blogger Arsie said...


A friend recommended your book to me, and I've been reading it in gulps when I have the time (even staying up just a liiiittle bit later than I should to read one more chapter..). I'm loving it, and once it's done will be disconsolate until the next one.

So I'd say you deserve the award. :)

September 11, 2007 10:18 PM  
Anonymous tycho said...

Sweet! I can't think of a better choice.

September 11, 2007 11:10 PM  
Blogger lucia said...

I finished your book today; even though I hated it to end I have to admit it was the perfect place. I love books that feel like I have just met some interesting new friends that I can't wait to see again! Enjoy your success! I will recommend it to everyone I know that enjoys intelligent fantasy.

September 12, 2007 1:08 AM  
Anonymous Kate Elliott said...

Congratulations, Pat! Wow!

And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Well, okay, maybe there is a nicer guy somewhere, but how about a nicer guy who wrote a novel eligible for the award?

Have an utterly fabulous time. And what fun to meet Steven Colbert. Who is, I believe, an old D&D player.


September 12, 2007 1:19 AM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

Congratulations! I guess The Wise Man's Fear is no longer just a novel. It is now a novel by a Quill award winning author.

I can't think of any author that deserves it more than you. You're a great writer and great to your fans. I'm glad you are getting this.

September 12, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Steph said...

Well, it was really only a matter of time! Just wait until you get your 5th or 6th award, you'll be exhausted by then! You'd best make room on your mantle!

But really, congratulations, you DO deserve it. This is only the first of many, I promise. Just wait until they start talking movie rights! ( Hey, I can get sexy before then, I'd make a great bar wench! ;) )

September 12, 2007 12:25 PM  
Blogger chris said...

WOW! look at everyone coming out of the woodwork to congratulate pat. See Pat, we need a forum to discuss the awesomeness of you.

September 12, 2007 1:10 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Congratulations Pat! You totally deserve it!

September 12, 2007 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATS on winning the Quill award! We here at Osceola County Hart Memorial Library recommend your book all the time.

September 12, 2007 6:17 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...


*does little happy dance on your behalf*

September 12, 2007 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Thad A said...

Wow, that is coolness indeed...Grats, Pat!

September 13, 2007 12:43 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Congratulations! I'm halfway through the book and I LOVE it!

September 13, 2007 12:39 PM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

The best part about this is the category that he won in. Talk about all inclusive! They combined Fantasy, Sci-Fi AND Horror, all into one and pat STILL sweeps it!


September 13, 2007 1:41 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

That's wonderful! ^_^ Congratulations! I just finished the book and I'm in love with it. Hmmm... you should get tails on the tux. There's just something about tails!

September 13, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

... and don't forget to take video and post it on youtube so we can critique your tux!

September 13, 2007 1:44 PM  
Anonymous AJ King said...


Much congrats are due to you for this! Another good reason to recommend your book to the entire planet...as I've been attempting to do. ROCK ON!

September 13, 2007 3:33 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Congrats! You're book really deserves it! It's unlike any fantasy book I've ever read!
(On that note: I've gotten ten people to read the book now. Rally the troops!)

September 13, 2007 5:19 PM  
Blogger Shawn C. Speakman said...

The Quill Award is one of those awards that really matter because readers, booksellers, and librarians are the ones who vote -- the masses, as they say.

Congrats, Pat! You deserve it after the time and effort you've put into your craft!


PS: I can say I've had a Quill Award winner at my home. Sweet!

September 13, 2007 5:30 PM  
Anonymous cameron said...

Excellent news, Pat! That means the value of my signed books will almost certainly triple in value. ; )

Congratulations, man. It is definitely well deserved.

September 13, 2007 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Nmemeth said...

Gratz Man!! You definitely deserve it. Best book I have read this year.

September 13, 2007 7:55 PM  
Anonymous bdaexfed said...

Congrats. Many congrats. Maybe now the stores here in Bermuda can be convinced to carry your book.

September 14, 2007 5:42 AM  
Blogger Barry said...

Congratulations! At the ceremony, I hope you get a chance to rub Al Roker's head for good luck!

Seriously... Way to go!

September 14, 2007 5:43 AM  
Blogger c said...

BEST BOOK EVER. You deserve this more than dragolance writter Richerd A. Knaak (my second favorite writter, second only to you)

Congrats dude you deserve it

September 14, 2007 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...


September 14, 2007 2:13 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Pat, I am soooooo excited for you....but sooooo NOT surprised.
Every time I went past the Quill Awards Nominee table at my Borders, I just shook my head, knowing there was only one book on it that could win in your category. I was right.
I salute you. No worries. You'll look mahvelous in a tux!
You are the rare kind of guy who could pull off a top hat and tails, something retro, or even something incredibly geeky and make it work.
Can't wait to see it.

September 14, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger Darkson said...

Well done! Congrats! Richly deserved.

September 15, 2007 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Elóin said...

Considering your novel is the best I've ever read, this is no surprise. Congratulations. I'm really excited for you and your masterpiece.

Plus, your from my state. All the more reason to cheer. :)

September 16, 2007 6:33 PM  
Blogger BelleMorte said...

Congratulations!!.. and thank you for the wonderful time I have reading your book!!.. Please keep them coming...

September 17, 2007 10:52 AM  
Anonymous nick said...

Ok, so when I saw this post with something like 30 comments last Tuesday, I said that I wouldn't reply, since I'm sure Pat knows we all think he's great.

But I can't resist! YAY!!! CONGRATULATIONS! And don't let this stop you writing, you hear me!? I want that next book! (and the next one, ad infinitum)

September 17, 2007 4:41 PM  
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