Congratulations to Patrick Rothfuss

Congratulations to Patrick Rothfuss on his win of the 2007 Quill Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy for his debut novel The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One), published by DAW Books.

According to the Quills website:

The Quills, an initiative launched with the support of Reed Business Information, is designed to be an industry qualified “consumers choice” awards program for books, honoring the current titles readers deem most entertaining and enlightening.

The Quills celebrates the best books of the year in nineteen popular categories, ranging from romance to biography to graphic novels.

The Quill Awards were established to:

* Celebrate Excellence in Writing and Publishing
* Recognize and praise the creators of important books and great literature
* Interest more consumers in acquiring books and reading
* Act as a bellwether for literacy initiatives

Patrick is a fellow WOTF winner (he won in 2002 with an excerpt from this novel) and we’ve talked a bit through Facebook. He’s a really nice guy, and I recently joined his Facebook fan group–Pat Rothfuss’s Legion of Fanatical Minions: The Global Group.

I read The Name of the Wind after hearing endless rave reviews about it, and I can assure you it doesn’t disappoint. Everything you’ve heard is true. The judges at WOTF couldn’t stop talking about this book while we were there. Pick this one up, folks.

Though waiting for the next two volumes will be tough, you know what the best part about Rothfuss is? Unlike some other fantasy authors who’ve kept loyal readers waiting for years or even decades to finish their particular cycles, I know for a fact that Patrick’s trilogy was done before he submitted the first book to DAW.

Now that you have to admire.

So, just as Edmund Blackadder once did when congratulating Samuel Johnson, I offer Patrick my most enthusiastic contrafibularities on his win. Well done!

The 2007 Quills Book Awards will be held on Monday, Oct. 22 in New York. TODAY co-hosts Ann Curry and Al Roker will host the event, which will feature “Colbert Report” host Stephen Colbert. Now how cool is that?

– S.