Yesterday, hubby and I had the pleasure of attending the Florida Book Awards Banquet in Orlando.
A panel of five winning authors from a variety of categories had the opportunity to speak to a group of librarians about our books before the banquet. I spoke first, so I got to relax and enjoy listening to the sprints and stumbles of the other authors -- Patrick Kendrick, Loreen Leedy, Kristy Kiernan and Terri Witek.
Here's Patrick Kendrick, talking about his novel, Papa's Problem.
This is part of the audience. Patrick's sons and wife, Lisa, are front and center.
Wayne Wiegand of the College of Information at Florida State University did a fabulous job of hosting the event.
In the evening, we had the pleasure of sitting at a table with several librarians and Loreen Leedy, fellow book award winner, and her hubby, Andrew Schuerger, who is a scientist and author. We talked about things like earthworms (imported here from Europe) and honey bees (imported here from Europe) and microbes (necessary for life but responsible for much death) and how major plagues that killed off a huge chunk of the population have helped forests grow and reduce CO2 levels and greenhouse gases. Fascinating stuff for this very curious writer!
After dinner, the book award winners were announced. We were given medallions and framed posters to commemorate the event.
(l. to r.) Marlene Lee, juror in the children's literature category and former Youth Services Coordinator in Broward County, me for As if Being 12 3/4 . . ., Loreen Leedy for Missing Math: A Number Mystery and Susan Womble for Newt's World: Beginnings.
A huge thanks to all the jurors, Micah Vandegrift, Wayne Wiegand and all those involved in promoting Florida authors and their books.