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Monday, November 23, 2009

National Book Award Dinner Photo Montage

I just wanted to share the beauty and joy of the National Book Awards Dinner. So here are a few photos of the magical night!

Dia and I were all gussied up. That's a bird in my hair!

The venue was gorgeous! Flower petals all over the table.

Cipriani's on Wall Street was beautiful!

In attendance were Andy Borowitz, Gore Vidal, Joanne Woodward, and Dick Cavett. Let alone greats in the publishing industry.

We thanked rgz friends and judges Coe Booth and Nancy Werlin. These ladies, along with Kathi Appelt, Carolyn Coman, and Gene Luen Yang, had worked so hard choosing the finalists!

At our table were the charming daughters of Philip Hoose, Young People's Literature winner for Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Here he is kissing his daughter right after the announcement. :~)

Also at our table was Poetry Winner Keith Waldrop for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy. That's the award before him!

Needless to say, we were cheering for Laini Taylor and Rita Williams-Grarcia! Arthur Levine even dyed his goatee pink to match Laini!

What a night to remember! Thank you National Book Foundation! Congrats to all the finalists and award winners!


holly cupala said...

You two looked fabulous! I'm so proud of you and readergirlz and thankful to the National Book Foundation for recognizing us! Whee!

Melissa Walker said...

So very cool! LA, you're very SJP with that bird accessory.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Psst. Melissa. What's SJP?

Melissa Walker said...

Sarah Jessica Parker!

Vivian Mahoney said...

Thanks so much for sharing these photos. You all looked like you were having so much fun. Plus, very FAB!!!

Erin said...

I LOVE the pictures. Thanks for sharing. And I love your outfit. =)

Beth Kephart said...

You have just taken me away to the place I wanted to go (to see all of you shine).

COngratulations again!!!!!!!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Now, that's a compliment, Melissa. *grins*

Thanks for the sweet words, everyone!

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