Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Whitney Awards Winners

The Whitney Awards Gala was held this last Saturday to end a wonderful weekend at the LDStorymakers Writer's Conference. It was a wonderful event! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Whitney Awards, they are awards given to LDS authors who excel in the creation of quality literature. An award is given for several different genres, and I was excited for the winners. Some of my most favorite people won! I'm very excited to post the winners here.

The Best Novel of the Year for 2007, was

On The Road To Heaven by Coke Newell

The Winner for Best Novel by a New Author was

Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George

The Winner for Best Romance/Women's Fiction was

Counting Stars by Michele Paige Holmes

The Winner for Best Mystery/Suspense was

Sheep's Clothing by Josi Kilpack

The Winner for Best Young Adult/Children's was

Fablehaven 2: Rise Of The Evening Star by Brandon Mull

The Winner for Best Speculative was

Book Of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

The Winner for Best Historical was

Out Of Jerusalem: Land of Inheritance by Heather Moore

And the Lifetime Achievement Winners who were honored at the Gala were

Jennie Hansen, Dean Hughes, and Anita Stansfield

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Wow! It's March, already. Spring is on the way, and Summer is just around the corner. We're reading Holes by Louis Sacher, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien in the English Classes I'm teaching. Golly, Holes is a great book. If you haven't read it or seen the movie, I highly recommend that you do. The story has a great message about acceptance and tolerance without getting preachy, and I love that!