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Friday, February 05, 2010

2009 Whitney Awards Finalists Announced

The Whitney Awards committee today announced the finalists for the 2009 Whitney Awards, a program which honors the best novels by Latter-day Saint writers.

To be eligible for consideration, a book must have received at least five nominations from its fans. More than one hundred works by new and established authors in both the LDS and national markets met the preliminary criteria. Once a book is nominated, juries of authors and critics narrow the nominees down to five finalists per category.

This year’s nominees are listed below in alphabetical order by author:

BEST ROMANCE: Counting the Cost, by Liz Adair; Illuminations of the Heart, by Joyce DiPastena; All the Stars in Heaven, by Michele Paige Holmes; Santa Maybe, by Aubrey Mace; Previously Engaged, by Elodia Strain.

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE: Lockdown, by Traci Hunter Abramson; Methods of Madness, by Stephanie Black; Murder by the Book, by Betsy Brannon Green; Lemon Tart, by Josi Kilpack; Altered State, by Gregg Luke.

YOUTH FICTION: Princess of the Midnight Ball, by Jessica Day George; Fablehaven IV: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, by Brandon Mull; My Fair Godmother, by Janette Rallison; Bright Blue Miracle, by Becca Wilhite; The Chosen One, by Carol Lynch Williams.

SPECULATIVE: Servant of a Dark God, by John Brown; The Maze Runner, by James Dashner; Wings, by Aprilynne Pike; Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson; I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells.

HISTORICAL: Tribunal, by Sandra Grey; The Undaunted, by Gerald Lund; Alma, by H.B. Moore; The Last Waltz, by G.G. Vandagriff; In the Company of Angels, by Dave Wolverton.

GENERAL FICTION: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford; No Going Back, by Jonathon Langford; Gravity vs. The Girl, by Riley Noehren; The Route, by Gale Sears; Eyes Like Mine, by Julie Wright.

This ballot now goes out to members of the voting academy, a select group of LDS publishers; bookstore owners, managers, and employees; LDS authors; print and online magazine publishers; reviewers; and others working in the field of LDS literature.

Unlike previous voting, this year the academy can choose from any of the thirty finalists for the overall award, Best Novel of the Year. Similarly, any of the finalists who meet the eligibility requirements can be chosen for Best Novel by a New Author. (Those eligible this year: John Brown, Jamie Ford, Jonathon Langford, Riley Noehren, Aprilynne Pike, Dan Wells, and Becca Wilhite.)

Winners will be announced at a gala banquet on Saturday, April 24 at the Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah. Tickets are now on sale at

Special awards will also be presented that night to two persons whose bodies of works and tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the field of LDS popular fiction. Gerald Lund will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dave Wolverton will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award.


At 2/05/2010 12:17 PM, Blogger L.T. Elliot said...

Congratulations, finalists! I'm so very happy for everyone!

At 2/05/2010 12:18 PM, Blogger Sheila said...

Hmmm...that post looks familiar. I think because, that is how my 2 posts, at two different blogs said the same thing!! ;)

How exciting!! It feels wonderful to be at this point in the process.I am also happy, that I only still have about 12 of the nominated books to read.

You are doing a fantastic job Rob!

At 2/05/2010 12:25 PM, Blogger Melanie J said...

I've read half of these and I agree with all but one of the choices which, given that I'm picky, kind of surprises me but I think it's really cool. And now after looking at the complete list of nominees, I have at least four more I need to go out and add to my stack immediately. Good work, Whitney people.

At 2/05/2010 2:23 PM, Anonymous Jordan McCollum said...

Congratulations to all the finalists, but especially Frog Blogger Stephanie, of course!

(Isn't Dan Rob's brother? Congrats to him, too!)

At 2/05/2010 3:53 PM, Blogger Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

It's a terrific list and I send my huge congrats to all the nominees.

AND I am SO EXCITED to be signed up for the LDStorymakers conference this year. Been wanting to go forever and meet all the authors and writers from online. (And yeah, I'm more of a lurker here than a poster. I think I introduced myself eons ago.)

And I'm bringing ARC's of my July Scholastic novel to show off - whoo hoo! (I'm a BYU alum so Provo is one of my favorite cities, too.) :-)

Can't wait to meet y'all!

At 2/05/2010 4:39 PM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Thank you so much! I'm so excited. And Kimberley, I'm looking forward to meeting you, and congrats on your book.

I discovered that I've read 11 of the finalists and am currently reading one.

At 2/06/2010 1:49 PM, Blogger UTMomof4 said...

I've read Altered States, Lockdown, and of course Methods of Madness. They are all great, it'll be a hard choice! Congrats Stephanie on the nomination, Methods of Madness is very suspenseful and thrilling. I wonder if my library has the other two suspense nominees, I love LDS suspense novels.

At 2/06/2010 5:37 PM, Blogger Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Can't wait to meet you, too, Stephanie! Good luck to you as a nominee - tres, tres exciting!

At 2/02/2011 12:19 PM, Anonymous Donna Hatch said...

Congratulations to all the finalists!!!


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