National Book Awards Acceptance Speeches

Charles Frazier, Winner of the 1997 FICTION AWARD for Cold Mountain

I'm new to this business. If anybody had told me it was this much fun I might have tackled it earlier. I'd like to thank a few people. My wife, Catherine, first of all, who, though she denies it, I don't know that many wives who would've said to a 40 year old man, sure honey, quit that job, write that novel. I'd like to thank Morgan Entrekin and the people at Atlantic who did everything right, and I think everybody who loves books should be happy that they're houses like that left. I'd like to thank Lief Feldman, and Elizabeth Schmidts. Thank you very much.