I hope I didn’t give the impression I didn’t like the BookFest. Everyone who went had a really good time just wish more would have attended. So Thanks to Shirl Yancey, I’m posting some party pics so the people who didn’t come can be jealous and the people who did can look for their pictures.
Lots of Authors.
So next year you just may want to find yourself at the Heartland BookFest.
Like Mr. Stanley I had a great time at the book award dinner. As my previous boss would say, ” A good time was had by all and delicious refreshments were served.” The Judges also served up some very good titles as winners this year.
Children’s Book– Chicken Dance by Tammi Sauer . Sterling Publishing Co., New York, NY
Young Adult Book–Night Fires by George Edward Stanley. Aladdin, New York, NY
Fiction — Confessions of a Former Rock Queen by Kirk Bjornsgaard. 4Rv Publishing, Edmond, OK
Design–Willard Stone. Design by Carol Haralson. University of Tulsa/Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK
Illustration–Where to Sleep. Illustrated by Kandy Radzinski. Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI.
Poetry–Work Is Love Made Visible: Poems and Family Photographs by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. West End Press, Albuquerque, NM.
Non-Fiction–Thomas Gilcrease by Randy Ramer, Carole Klein, Kimberly Roblin, Eric Singleton, Anne Morand, Gary Moore and April Miller. Gilcrease Museum/University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK.
Ralph Ellison Award–Stan Hoig
Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award–David Fitzgerald
Distinguished Service Award–Teresa Miller
Much Thanks to the Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book for promoting reading and authors in Oklahoma and for this special evening to honor the best of the best.
Can’t wait to hear who won. Getting ready for the big event. Hope to see you there if not I’ll give you the news tomorrow.
The BookFest in Edmond was alot of fun on Saturday. The organizers did a really good job with the setup, and the presentations. It is just a real shame that the public will not come and support these efforts by local citizens and authors. There was some public attendance but nothing like what I’m sure they hoped for and planned for.
Most of the time, I was sitting at our assigned tables for the Oklahoma Center for the Book and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries but I did manage to get away long enough to see Greg Rodgers, author of The Ghost of Mingo Creek and other Spooky Oklahoma Legends, do a marvelous storytelling presentation.
I talked to authors Vicki McDonough and Margaret Daley, who are always gracious and willing to share information about their new books. Jordan Dane and Merline Lovelace sold books and participated in author panels. Ed Murray was there. There were over 60 authors signed up to participate ….where is the public?
Should these book festivals/authors go to sporting events and put up a tent with tables? Should they try to append to the Metropolitan Library System booksale, where hundreds of book readers show up? What do you think happens that authors and books get short shrift in our state? Some states are able to support hugh turnout for book festivals. In Oklahoma, we’ll turn out for a politician who writes a book (probably by a ghost writer), or one actress/celebrity that writes a tell all, but we won’t support our own struggling authors, who support this state by their efforts.
Let me know what you think.
Don’t forget the
I’ll be there with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries crowd. It’s at 3001 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK. (First Nazarene Church Gym).
It’s FREE, so no excuses to not come out. The organizers have made a big effort to include plenty of activities for the kids. Family friendly fun. Time : 9:00-3:00.
The awards ceremony will be held April 17, 2010, at the Edward L. Gaylord—T. Boone Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Download the Book Awards event brochure to make a reservation to attend the awards banquet.
This is always a huge amount of fun, you can meet your favorite author, get a book signed, have good food, and best of all you’ll get to see if your favorite author is taking home the gold.