The broken tooth, the coming crown, the 2014 Florida Book Festival and Writers Digest

29 Dec

I broke a tooth over the weekend and visited the dentist this afternoon spending a few hours in THE chair. I hate those shots that numb your jaw making it feel swollen like a puffy blimp. In a few days I will return for the fitting of the crown.

But when I returned home with that numb jaw, there was a surprise—a double dose of what I think was good news.

“”2014 Florida Book Festial and Comment by Writers Digest Judge“Crazy is Normal, a classroom expose” didn’t earn any awards from Writer’s Digest, but the judge’s comments were appreciated. :o)

Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves

Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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9 responses to “The broken tooth, the coming crown, the 2014 Florida Book Festival and Writers Digest

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    December 29, 2014 at 20:41

    Go Lloyd! Yay you! Congratulations, but sorry about your tooth. That’s wonderful news and so well deserved!

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      December 29, 2014 at 20:43

      Thank you. I’m sorry about the tooth too. ;o( I have a collection of crowns in my mouth but none are gold.

  2. Lloyd Lofthouse

    December 30, 2014 at 08:02

    Reblogged this on Lloyd Lofthouse.

  3. teddyrose1

    December 30, 2014 at 18:06

    Sorry about your tooth Lloyd. A big congratulations on being the runner up and nice comments!!

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      December 30, 2014 at 18:08

      Thank you. More good news today. Crazy is Normal was awarded Honorable Mention in Memoir at the 2014 London Book Festival.

      • teddyrose1

        December 30, 2014 at 18:37

        Wow, Your just Raking in the awards. You deserve it!!

      • Lloyd Lofthouse

        December 30, 2014 at 21:38

        Thank you.

  4. booklady

    January 2, 2015 at 20:02

    Lloyd, considering how many memoirs are published in a year, the recognition from both the Florida and the London Book Festival must be a delight! Mazel tov. Are you coming to New Jersey for a book signing?

    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      January 2, 2015 at 20:21

      Thank you. I have no plans to travel or do book signings unless invited with—at minimum—expenses paid. :o)


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