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Monday, April 11, 2011


Saturday night was the annual Oklahoma Book Awards Celebration presented by the Oklahoma Center for the Book. I was honored that Chasing Lilacs was a finalist for the Fiction category. So many great authors and illustrators come from my state, it's hard not to feel a teensy bit proud. And while my book didn't win, I was glad when the author who sat next to me at the book signing event did take home the medal. Congrats to David Gerard for his book God's Acres!
David Gerard, Winner of the Fiction Award

These kinds of events both scare me and thrill me somehow. Several judges came by and talked to me about my book and how relevant it was to life in the fifties. Others chatted with Max and made him feel welcome. Oklahomans are like that - good people who take you in and make you feel special. An unexpected treat was meeting Kitty Pittman who reviewed my book on her Okie Reads blog. Here's her summation of the Book Award evening. What she failed to mention was that she - Kitty Pittman - received the Glenda Carlile Distinguished Service Award. Kudos!

Kitty Pittman - as lovely in person as she is on her blog
My favorite date, as always!

Former Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor, Jari Askins, was the master of ceremonies and shared about her lifelong love of books and memories of trips to the library as a child. Rilla Askew, a beloved Oklahoma author received the lifetime achievement award.

Our good friend Jingyau

Sounds of the harp filled the background as we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner, good fellowship, and added another page to the scrapbook of lovely memories. Have I mentioned lately that I LOVE books? I love to read them, write them, talk about them, and most of all celebrate them.

Thanks Oklahoma Center for the Book for making the celebration a night to remember!!


Courtney Walsh said...

What a beautiful night, Carla!! :) Looks like it was wonderful!

carla stewart said...

Yes, Courtney. Wonderful evening. I knew like four people there, but I had a great time.

Ane Mulligan said...

Great photos, Carla. What a wonderful night. :)

Julie Garmon said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. So happy for you~~

Alice J. Wisler said...

So nice to see these pictures and read about your evening, Carla! Proud of you!

~ Alice

Myra Johnson said...

Thanks for telling us about this wonderful evening! So thrilled you were honored as a nominee!

Josanne said...

Sounds like it was a magical evening!
Sorry that you didn't come in first, but what an honor to be nominated! I'm sure it was great sharing the table with David Gerard and celebrate with him. Your husband looked very handsome. My husband would be jealous of his beard/mustache. Thanks for taking me with you to the festivities! What a wonderful experience. You are so gracious.

carla stewart said...

Thank you, everyone, for celebrating the nomination with me.

Kittie Lee said...

It was so nice meeting you at the Book Awards, and thanks for the photo and caption. Chasing Lilacs is a great read.