Monday, March 24, 2008
Last Saturday night was the big Whitney gala. That's kind of like the Oscars for LDS writers. Everyone dressed up, the food was great, and it was neat to be honored along with Dean Hughes and Anita Stansfield. We each received a pyramid shaped trophy engraved with our names and the date. We each also got a book that when opened is hollowed out and filled with treasures; a bookmark, lotion, bath gel, and a $50.00 gift card to the Cheesecake Factory. I sat with my managing editor, Toni Sorenson Brown, Michele Bell, Betsy Green and her aunt, and Matthew Buckley. It was a fun table. The people in the picture are me, Dean Hughes, and Anita Stansfield
I wasn't enthused about any of the category winners, but I trust there will be better nominations and choices next year. There was one young adult writer who was really silly and rude; she detracted from the pleasure for a lot of people, but overall the evening was great. After the gala, the V-formation group I belong to all met at Michele Bell's house and we had a blast. Kerry Blair brought us each a little stuffed goose and we signed each other's cases and ate more stuff.