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>Oh what a night

>Please forgive the title; Miss Pod has been compiling a collection of songs to provide the soundtrack for my forthcoming birthday trek to Disneyland along with my two best friends of thirty years standing. That’s right: friends since birth.

But the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were the occasion of a great Friday night, and we’re lucky nobody invited the fire department as the Boston Athenaeum was seriously overbooked with our guests. The evening began with cider and cupcakes (the new brie, I think) for the honorees and their friends and publishers; Picture Book winner Lois Ehlert was there surprised with a group of friends from Milwaukee who flew in for the event. Fiction winner Kate DiCamillo greeted me with a peace sign; not quite sure what this meant, I later hastened to inform her that, discussions on this blog notwithstanding, I liked Edward Tulane. The event proper began with a gracious welcome by Athenaeum trustee Alice De Lana, who, I discovered, had taught high school English to my college friend Ali Mauran at Miss Porter’s. That’s right: ten years ago.

The winners’ speeches were nicely variegated, and I like the way the shorter remarks from the Honor Book recipients punctuate the proceedings. Only Sandra Markle and Allan Marks, from New Zealand and England, respectively, could not attend; the late Faith McNulty was represented by her niece Katherine Keiffer, who beautifully recalled her aunt’s writing and passions. Lois Ehlert was warm and generous; Stephen Kellogg was fast and funny (we’re hoping to put some video clips on the website next week; his speech is one you have to see) and Kate DiCamillo was deep and eloquent to the point that my Richard is completely ready to run away with her.

I’ve been trying to upload some photos but Blogger doesn’t seem to like them. I’ll try again later.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.

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  1. rindawriter says:

    >Photos???! When I can already smell the cupcakes and cider! And hear the laughter….

    Thanks, very much, for sharing! I’m off now to put cider on the shopping list today…

  2. Anonymous says:

    >but what did they WEAR?

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >if Blogger would let me post the damned photos you could SEE.

  4. >Anonymous,
    Roger was sporting a fine mauve, nearly purple bow-tie, if that’s what you want to know.

  5. >Photos? Food? Cider? We who are living vicariously through you do indeed want to see the photos.

    Blogger can be a bugger with uploading pics, especially when using IE. Try adding them using Mozilla or Netscape ….

  6. >I’ve been having trouble with Blogger and posting images for a while now. I’ve heard they are getting ready to make some kind of change. I’m hoping that means something good.

  7. Anonymous says:

    >Delighted to find your descriptions today.

    Will there be audios posted on the speeches?

    Checking back for those photos!

    Katherine

  8. >”nicely variegated” I like that. I’m going to steal it.

    These photos are nicely variegated in smooth shades of white (beautiful heads of hair, there), gray and black. Very nice.

  9. rindambyers says:

    >So…I was hungry while reading the post….the taste buds overwhelmed the moment, but I would love seeing the photos, too….

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