Monday, April 16, 2012

Big weekend

Exciting things happened this past Saturday night, and they did NOT involve being swept away by a tornado, thank goodness.



The Revenant won the Oklahoma Book Award for YA!

I was given a medal. (!!!) And I made a little speech. A speech in which I forgot to thank the Oklahoma Center for the Book. THANK YOU OKLAHOMA CENTER FOR THE BOOK!

As exciting as that was, the true highlight of the evening was seeing Anna Myers accept her Lifetime Achievement Award. Anna has written nearly a million* books, most of which have won awards and made important lists. Her stories have thrilled children and adults alike. Anna is one of the wisest and most supportive people I've ever met. She's also HILARIOUS and great fun to be around. Read more about her accomplishments here. After being introduced so poignantly by her son Ben Myers (a 2011 OBA winner in Poetry) Anna spoke of life, art, and inspiration. She made me giggle (as she often does), but mostly she made me think. I'm so grateful to her and the Oklahoma kidlit writing community for all they've taught me.

*slight exaggeration

Please join me in a happy dance for all the finalists and the friends who cheered them on. Hooray for the bookish people of Oklahoma!



[cross-posted from Livejournal]

20 comments:

  1. I'm SO excited for you!! Congratulations!!!

    (Am also glad you didn't get swept away to Oz by a tornado.)

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  2. I join you in your happy dance! You created a wonderful book and I am thrilled to see it recognized as such-- Also pleased for Anna Myers, she has been a mentor to so many of us and deserves kudos. Bravo!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Couldn't have happened without my Inkies!

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  3. Congratulations, Sonia! You have a great book and I am so happy for you! It was a pleasure to finally meet you (and your husband) in person.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sara! So nice to meet you on Saturday!

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  4. Hooray for Sonia! Hooray for Anna! Hooray for other nominees! Happy dance all around for book geniuses of Oklahoma. We are so lucky to have you!

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    1. I'm lucky to have YOU and my dear Inklings. Thanks for dancing with me!

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  5. I am so thrilled to see my writing friends recognized for their achievements. Congratulations, Sonia. I am proud of you. And of course our mentor Anna is a joy to know. Saturday night was a wonderful experience. I'm happy, happy, happy, too!

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    1. Such a fun night! Thank you for the congrats!!!

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  6. congratulations, Sonia!! That is amazing news! Commence the happy dance! :D

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather. I should have said "Hooray for the artsy/bookish people of Oklahoma!" Hee!

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  7. Hooray, hooray, hooray!!!! So thrilled for you. :)

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  8. Congratulations, Sonia! So proud of you. I've been out of the country for a while, so please forgive me for coming to the happy dance a little late.

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    1. OUT OF THE COUNTRY? Why did I not know of this? Can't wait to hear about it.

      And thank you!

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  9. very nice happy dance and well deserved!

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    1. It was so great to celebrate with you!

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