Armed in Her Fashion wins the Aurora Award for Best Novel

Aurora Award (curved glass top with the word Aurora and a maple leave engraved on it; Base reads

I’m still double checking the name on the award because I can’t quite believe it’s real, but on Saturday night at the Aurora Awards, I took home the trophy in the Best Novel category for Armed in Her Fashion.

It was particularly wonderful to have Brett Savory and Sandra Kasturi of ChiZine Publications there in the room, and S.M. Beiko, who edited the book and created internal art for it.

Kate giving her speech.

And my fellow nominees: Craig DiLouie, James Alan Gardner, Chadwick Ginther, Derek Künsken and C.L. Polk. Derek and Chadwick are old friends of mine, and I’ve recently had the pleasure of getting to know C.L. Polk and her work, and it was a blast just to be there on the ballot with them.

Envelope and insert reading

Here’s the list of all the nominees and winners.

Alice Payne Arrives was also on the ballot, in the short fiction category, with another set of wonderful nominees: Kelly Robson (who deservedly took home the award for Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach), Susan Forest, Julie Czerneda and Liz Westbrook-Trenholm.

In fact, we all love and respect each other so much that we did a panel together right before the awards, after we’d had a chance to get dolled up a bit, and we toasted with fake champagne.

Kate Heartfield, Julie Czerneda, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Kelly Robson and Susan Forest