The Whitney Awards Gala was held this past Saturday night. They announced the winners, which I’ve posted below. If you’re interested in reading more about the gala, they did live blogging here.
On the Road to Heaven by Coke Newell
(Which, if you’ll notice, is one of our blog sponsors this month.) Best Novel by a New Author:
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George Best Romance/Women’s Fiction:
Counting Stars by Michele Paige Holmes Best Mystery/Suspense:
Sheep’s_Clothing by Josi Kilpack Best Young Adult/Children:
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull Best Speculative Fiction:
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale Best Historical:
Out of Jerusalem #4: Land of Inheritance by H.B. Moore
I was pleased with the outcome of the voting, although I voted differently on a couple of them. However, I do think that the winning books are representative of the best of LDS fiction. Congratulations to all the winners!
If you haven’t already read these winning books, I suggest you do. They’re great. In fact, almost all of the finalist books are very well done. I encourage you to try them.
On a couple of unrelated topics:
**If any of you readers attended the LDStorymakers Conference this past weekend and would like to do a little write-up of the classes you attended—highlight some of the main points, what you thought was best about them, etc.—I’d be happy to post them here and give you a byline. E-mail them to me, putting LDStorymakers in the subject line. Be sure to include the title of the class and the name(s) of the instructor. Please do not plagiarize, but rather summarize the best ideas from the class. If you do quote the instructors directly, give them credit and use quotation marks.
**Also, this e-mail came in after I began my wonderful flu-inspired hiatus. (I’m feeling better now, btw.)
Hi there! I just thought I’d let you know that tomorrow I’m doing a post on Segullah about the “Awards Season” in LDS lit right now: The AML awards and the Whitneys. I’ve invited any nominated or award winning author this year to pop over and promote his or her book in the comments section. I’ve emailed the Whitney people and Zarahemla and some other folks to let them know, but I know that a lot of authors visit your blog, too. So if you’re interested in linking to it, you can find it tomorrow at www.segullah.org/blog. —Angela Hallstrom