Two years already! Wow it’s been quite a ride.
On March 20, 2022, three weeks after celebrating the one-year anniversary of Wookie Is Not His Real Name, I received a letter stating that the book had officially been included in the Library of Congress – “the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.” That was a huge honor.
Additionally, in November 2022, Wookie Is Not His Real Name garnered national coverage when it was reviewed by The Snowboarder’s Journal. An award-winning national publication that is “the true voice of snowboard culture,” the magazine is published quarterly and is known for its “focused style that emphasizes intelligent content with engaging design.” Founded in 2000, the magazine is also a favorite among the snowboarding community and mountain town locals across the country. Having my writing reviewed by a national magazine was definitely a career highlight. There’s nothing like turning actual pages.
In the beginning of December 2022, Wookie and I were invited to be part of The Bookworm’s Local Author and Artist Spotlight event which kicked off the annual Holiday Market. It was our pleasure to be surrounded by such a prestigious group of local writers – what a memorable night. Over the holidays, we ran into several people who told us about buying the book and how much they enjoyed it. Every single one of those stories and comments mean the world to me.
Thank you to everyone who bought the book, every bookstore and retail location who continues to carry it (including the Colorado Snowsports Museum), everybody who showed up to a book signing, every newspaper and magazine writer who wrote about it, everyone who gave me positive feedback, and every friend and colleague who posted about it on social media. Two years later people are still talking about Wookie Is Not His Real Name and I’m so happy that it made an impression. So again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the support.