Rebecca Stead proved herself a thoroughly good sport in joining me to announce the winners of the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards last Thursday afternoon at BEA in New York. (More pics here.) This was the first time we attempted to make any kind of a production out of the announcement, and the fact that it went so well is due to the efforts of our marketing whizzes Krista Rafanello, Beth Allee, and Lisa Ryan, photographers Katrina Hedeen and Mark Tuchman, and videographers-on-the-spot Guy Gonzalez and Kathy Ishizuka. Thanks to them all.
Thanks most of all to our judges–Thom Barthlemess, Lauren Adams, Megan Lambert–for their choices: apt, worthy, and thoroughly idiosyncratic. I don’t know the math or psychology of it, but I think three judges are more likely to come up with something interesting than will fifteen. In general. Just sayin’.
The BGHB Awards will be given out on Friday evening, September 28th at Simmons College, with the Horn Book at Simmons colloquium to follow the next day. Details about that will be coming at you all summer.
Bonus moment: It turned out that Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen were around the corner at the HarperCollins booth, so I got to give them the good news about Extra Yarn in person.
As everybody gets younger and younger . . . .