First of all, thank you to all the incredible booksellers, librarians, readers and writers I met over the last ten months. You made 2015 - by far - the most adventurous, surprising, and inspiring year of my life.

And thank you:

To the superb editors at American Short Fiction, for publishing my short-short story "The Night Bus" as their December web exclusive. (Plus accompanying interview here.)

To the National Endowment for the Arts, for the incredible gift of allowing me to finish my next book in the coming year.

To the Chicago Public Library, Kansas City Star, and Indigo for including Church of Marvels on their year-end lists.

To the Chicago Tribune, for including my musings among these lovely mini-essays on the art of giving books.

And to my family, who put up with all my travelings, ramblings, odd obsessions, and wacko pregnancy cravings. Klondike bars for everyone.