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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Whitney Awards Are NEXT WEEK!

Hey all,

So, Tuesday's nearly over and I'm just getting around to posting today. This is nothing new, so I won't even mention it.

Yesterday, Segullah blogger Emily Milner posted her Whitney predictions, which I found absolutely fascinating. I don't have time to write anything today, but I thought it would be interesting to see all of your predictions. Leave them in the comments--be anonymous if you'd like. I'd be interested to see both who you think should win and who you think will win.

(Disclaimer: just because you're posting anonymously doesn't mean you get to be a jerk. Let's keep the discussion intelligent, not personal.)

If you're interested in coming to the gala, you can still reserve tickets until noon tomorrow. Click here. It will be on April 25th at 6:30pm, at the Provo Marriott.

In other news, here are a few of the pages from this year's gala program. It was designed by Natalie Raevsky, a good friend of mine and great designer.


At 4/15/2009 2:00 AM, Blogger LexiconLuvr said...

I'm betting that both Brandon Sanderson and James Dashner will take something away. I suspect Josi Kilpack and Annette Lyon will too. I wish everyone could!

At 4/15/2009 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Bound on Earth is bound to win the novel of the year. So much buzz around that book for so long!

At 4/15/2009 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Annette Lyon has a book that was even published during 2008. I know she doesn't have one in the finals for consideration. But she is so loved by the LDS writing community, why not give her a shout out, a lifetime achievement award and an honorary Whitney. Just because she's Annette!

At 4/15/2009 11:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's who I think should win. I don't know enough about the voting dynamics to guess who will win.

Romance: no idea. I'm not a regular romance reader.

Mystery: I think that Fool Me Twice was great. Abramson's books were good, but will the two of them on there split the vote?

Youth: Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Speculative: The Hero of Ages

Historical: Master or Traitor. They're both awesome.

General Fic: I thought The Reckoning was amazing, one of those hidden gems that I never would have heard of without the Whitneys. However, I'd bet that there will be some bias against it because it's self published and has more typos than other books. (I think that's an absolutely absurd way to judge the quality of a book. It's nitpicky and stupid.)

Best Novel by a New Author: That's a really hard one. It could go to Traitor or Bound on Earth or The Reckoning. If I had to pick one, I'd say... I don't know.

Best Novel: Again, I'd be happy with any of them. They're all great. Fool Me Twice is a great mystery, but I don't know if it really has the gravitas to be Best Novel... If I had to pick, I'd say Bound on Earth. Or Traitor.

This is hard!!!

At 4/15/2009 4:39 PM, Anonymous Emily M. said...

Thanks for the link! I am very interested in others' picks as well... I didn't get a lot of comments about that on my post, and I'm dying to have a good discussion about others' favorites. Wish I could come to the awards!

At 4/15/2009 6:21 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

I hope Stephanie wins, she deserves it! =)

At 4/15/2009 7:45 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

LexiconLuvr, You're awesome to think so. As Anon said, I didn't have a book released in 08. Josi did, but she volunteered to be on the Whitney committee, which put her out of the running for her 08 release.

Maybe next year. (I hope so!) :)

At 4/16/2009 7:56 PM, Blogger Karlene said...

Here are my picks.

Romance: Seeking Persephone (I like that Jane Austen feel it had.)

Mystery: Fool Me Twice or Freefall

Youth: All of them. This was too hard to choose.

Speculative: The Host

Historical: No clear cut winner for me, maybe Master or Isabelle Webb.

General: The Reckoning or Bound on Earth (although I see BOE as more a collection of essays, rather than a novel).

Best by New Author: The Reckoning or Bound on Earth

Novel of Year: Fool Me Twice or Sun, Moon, Ice & Snow.

At 4/16/2009 10:49 PM, Blogger LexiconLuvr said...

Sorry about the mix up with Annette. =[ This is one of those foot/mouth situations...

At 4/19/2009 12:22 AM, Blogger Sheila said...

I wouldn't dare to guess out loud! But I sure am excited to see the program for the Whitney Awards. I can't wait for it to get here!


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