Tuesday, January 15, 2008
On the coolness of Librarians

So I just found out The Name of the Wind won a new award....

YALSA announces 2008 Alex Awards

PHILADELPHIA - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected 10 adult books that will appeal to teen readers to receive the 2008 Alex Awards.

I can see the headlines now: "Patrick Rothfuss appeals to teens." My friends are going to have a field day with this...

Seriously though, I'm terribly flattered. When the American Library Association likes your book, you know you must be doing something right. Librarians kick ass, and the more of them you get together in one place, the more powerful they become. Like Voltron.

This will also help me feel more comfortable answering a question that I've been getting asked on and off for the last several months. Namely, "Is your book for kids?"

Up until now, the only answer I've had for this has sounded extremely dodgy. I say, "Well, it kinda depends on what you mean by "kids," and it kinda depends on what you mean by 'for.'"

Do you see what I'm getting at? I read the Lord of the Rings when I was 11 or so. I don't know if it was *for* me, but I certainly enjoyed it....

Up until now, when someone asked me this question try to pin down the specific age of the kid they're asking about. Sixteen? Sure. Fourteen? Yeah, probably. Twelve? Hmmm.... I'm not sure...

I even know some families that have read my book to their kids who were 5-6 years old. Apparently, the young-uns dug it. I wouldn't have anticipated that in a hundred years. Those kids must have some kick-ass vocabulary....

Now, however, I don't have to feel strange about answering this question. The professionals have weighed in on the subject. Huzzah.

For more information, and to see the other Alex award winners, you can check out the press release HERE.

That's all for today. I've been putting together the announcement-type newspost I've hinted at a couple times, but it won't be ready until tomorrow. I've got AFK busyness all today....

Forshadowingly yours,


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Pat! If librarians like your stuff that means you are a threat to the man. I have always considered you someone to keep an eye on, but it is nice to get some validation.


January 15, 2008 10:07 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Cool. I've always wanted to be a threat to The Man.

Maybe soon I'll be in the position to stick it to said Man.

January 15, 2008 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

Woohoo! I did say that I'd send you a congratulations on every award!

So consider yourself Congratumatated.

As far as kids go though, I think my son who is 12 would love the book. You don't have anything really horribly scary in there aside from well, you know.

I think I could read parts of it to my 7 year old, but she might not get the depth of the whole story.

So I guess while the messages may be lost on the younglings, it's a great adventure story FOR any child out there.

January 15, 2008 10:33 AM  
OpenID roseneko said...

Speaking as a former librarian, I agree that librarians are awesome, especially in groups - some of my favorite memories from college are going to the librarian staff parties. Congrats on the award!

January 15, 2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger King Sheep said...

You rock. Like a Voltron librarian (with Dewey Decimal lasers).

January 15, 2008 12:55 PM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

OMG. Cloverfield . . . is LIBRARIANS! not Voltron!!!

January 15, 2008 1:43 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

That's great news. You definitely deserve it.

I know I think my 11 and 13 year olds would like your book, and they could deal with the length if they got sucked in.

Like Garth Nix I would say your work is less "for kids" and more "kid friendly."


January 15, 2008 2:48 PM  
OpenID Kazimeriz said...

"Librarians kick ass"
--Pat Rothfuss

January 15, 2008 3:14 PM  
Blogger Anton Strout said...

"appeals to teens" then "stick it to said man"....

Field day, indeed!

January 15, 2008 3:27 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Awesome Pat. Ditto on the "librarians kick ass". My high school librarian was one awesome lady who had so much confidence in me that I actually started to believe it myself. You know, those crazy mixed up teen years where your confidence hangs by a split end hair. =)

By the way, I know it's been up on your site forever but I love your t-shirt, "Joss Whedon is my Master now". Whedon's Firefly was and is my all time favorite SciFi series and it was a tragedy when it was cancelled.


January 15, 2008 4:55 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Congratulations and an extra special hug from me! (You know why!)


January 15, 2008 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a lesbinarian, so I'm really getting a kick out of these comments.

Congrats Pat. Has your stuff been burned by a church congregation yet? I think that comes next...


January 15, 2008 6:30 PM  
Anonymous pdxtrent said...

Congrats! Now back to work on book 2!

January 16, 2008 12:07 AM  
Anonymous Alison said...

For serious? You're really, really going to post this news tomorrow? I'm holding you to that, bub.

And it's probably something silly like, "I got a new cat!" Exciting, but not entirely worth the foreshadowing. So I doubt it.

< /ramble >

January 16, 2008 12:10 AM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Congratulations! I don't know what more can be said. :)

January 16, 2008 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

Congratulations! ^_^

It is a fuzzy area of what kids are reading what books. Like you, I read the Lord of the Rings at a young age. I was also reading Stephen King when I was ten. I don't think some of that stuff was meant for a ten year old to read! Some kids are just more mature than others. I think your book would be far better for kids than King!

January 16, 2008 9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrdulations pat, another well deserved award. I'm sure you're book would appeal to teens and younger kids but I suppose that depends on wether they are mature or not (talking about the younger kids, the teens should definitively be mature enough.)

January 16, 2008 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, I totally know what the exciting news is; I knew that it wasn't a coincidence that you posted the day after the premiere of American Idol.

You were that one guy that dressed up as Princess Leia and pranced around on stage, right? LOL. Just kidding man.

But seriously though brah, congrats! I hope whatever the news is, it's good. PEACE AND LOVE BRAH!


January 16, 2008 2:03 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

That guy on American Idol was hilarious! A friend of mine called me and said, "You got to watch American Idol. I know this guy."

She said he had told her he was going on American Idol. She said, "Well you know they only show the best and the worst. What category do you fall in?"
He answered, "Oh, I'll be the worst." So he went there for his five minutes of fame. And let us see a little more than we would have liked. haha.

January 16, 2008 2:37 PM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

"Patrick Rothfuss appeals to teens"

Ha, you (your book) appealed to me back when I was a teen in November. Now I'm still a spring chicken at twenty and it is no less appealing.

I recommended your book to about 3500 people aged between 10 and 80 (I have a yahoo group for stories and fanfiction I write) and not a one has come back with a negative review.

It's awesomeness runs across the board, and sold out fast in all the bookshops in my corner of the world (Perth, Western Australia). Couldn't get a copy for love nor money over Christmas - and I gave a lot of love.

Thanks, Pat, for such a good book, and well done on the latest award! You're just getting warmed up there, in my humble opinion.

All the best,

January 16, 2008 7:49 PM  
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January 16, 2008 10:55 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

So it's "tomorrow" now and still no announcements. Haha... jk

By the way i just finished "Neverwhere" by Gaiman, which i think is one of your favorite books, and i can honestly say "the name of the wind" was "100" times better!!

But seriously...where are those announcements!

No really...where are they?

January 16, 2008 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Gehennaheretic said...


January 17, 2008 9:04 AM  
OpenID chrissykins said...

My 13 year old son is reading it right now, and loves it! His only complaint is that the next book isn't done yet and he'll have to wait for it LOL. I told him if I have to suffer, so does he...

Congrats on the award!

January 17, 2008 7:14 PM  
Blogger Michelle's Ghost said...

You win all the great author awards in my book.

January 18, 2008 11:01 PM  

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