Via Sandra Schwab via email, and the Professors Brilliant at Teach Me Tonight, everybody book your trips to Chicago to go curtsy gracefully to University of Chicago student Elizabeth Litchfield, who won the 2008 T. Kimball Brooker Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting.
Her entry, A Library of Love: Challenging the social order one couple (or threesome?) at a time, won her not only a monetary prize, but also a special display of eight romances, once of which is Schwab’s The Lily Brand. In the comments on her blog, Litchfield writes,
I really enjoyed The Lily Brand and thought it stood out from the crowd in a lot of respects. I also like that people really hassle me about the cover, but when I get them to read the book they invariably are impressed and enjoy themselves as well. That little surprise and undermining of expectations is one of my favorite parts of pushing romances on unsuspecting doubters.
Well played, Ms. Litchfield, well played. Congratulations!