The Reuben Gold Thwaites Award

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Awarded for Accomplishing Difficult Things, Organizational Efficiency, and Sapience

It really is humbling to win an award. It’s even more poignant when you are recognized for Accomplishing Difficult Things, Organizational Efficiency, and Sapience.

The book world has not been without its challenges. A few struggles even seemed insurmountable. In the end we conquered them, but success came through the efforts of each book’s team. I think I was just lucky to be the production editor on a goodly number of challenging titles this year.

I think the most striking aspect of this award is the final accolade it bestows: Sapience. If you don’t know the term, it means Wisdom. When one accomplishes a difficult thing – the thing is done for all to see. If one has developed good habits of organizational efficiency – it’s obvious they have aligned their ducks. But Sapience? Wisdom is elusive and hard to define. I can only trust that the nominating committee followed the same criteria they often use when choosing a book cover from the designer’s samples: “We’ll know it when we see it.”

Thank you for seeing it in me.