Artist Trust just spread the word today:

Artist Trust is excited to announce that writer Peter Mountford is receiving the 2016 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. The Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 given to a Washington State fiction writer whose work demonstrates excellence in storytelling. This is the second year the award has been given. Last year’s recipient was Anca Szilágyi.

A name known all around Seattle's writing community, Peter Mountford is the author of the novels A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism, which won the 2012 Washington State Book Award for fiction, and The Dismal Science, which in 2014 was a New York Times Editor's Choice. He's been published widely, from the Atlantic, to New York Times Magazine, to the Sun. Plus, if you've seen a heroically amazing writer talk at Hugo House in the last few years, odds are that they appeared because Mountford asked them, in his capacity as events curator.

But of course, this recognition comes because of his phenomenal writing, which was the word Paul Constant used to sum up The Dismal Science. Mountford is a fine writer, and there is no doubt he'll put the time that money will buy him to very good use. Congratulations to him; he now joins the fine company of Anca Szilágyi as the two recipients of this still-new, exciting prize.