The LDStorymakers Conference is going on, with the Whitney Awards to be announced at the Gala dinner tonight. I have lots of Whitney book reviews and wrap-ups. Plan-B Theatre’s 2013-14 season will be dedicated to the work of Eric Samuelsen. The BYU Center for Animation won its 12th Student Emmy in 10 years. Josh Hanagarne’s memoir The World’s Strongest Librarian is released. Please send any information or corrections to mormonlit AT gmail DOT com.
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The LDStorymakers Conference is this weekend at The Provo Marriott Hotel. Anne Perry was the keynote speaker. The Whitney Awards will be announced at the Gala dinner on Saturday.
UPDATE: Here are the Whitney Award winners:
Lifetime Achievement: Lael Littke
Outstanding Achievement: Carol Lynch Williams
General; Camron Wright for “The Rent Collector”. First Whitney.
Historical: Carla Kelly for “My Loving Vigil Keeping.” Second Whitney award in a row.
Mystery/Suspense: Traci Hunter Abramson for “Code Word.” First win after being nominated five times previously.
Romance: Julianne Donaldson for “Edenbrooke.”
Speculative fiction; Dan Wells for “The Hollow City.” Fourth Whitney award, he has won something every year since 2009.
General Young Adult: Lisa Mangum for “After Hello.” First Whitney.
Speculative YA: Brodi Ashton for “Everneath.” First Whitney.
Middle Grade: Jennifer A. Nielsen for “The False Prince.” First Whitney.
Best Novel By a New Author: Julianne Donaldson for “Edenbrooke.”
Best Youth Novel of the Year: Jennifer A. Nielson for “The False Prince”
Best Novel: Camron Wright for “The Rent Collector.”
Tweets about Anne Perry’s keynote address: “What we are here to do is learn to empathize with others.” Stories increase empathy as we live more lives than our own. I think Anne Perry’s message at this keynote is to write w your heart-only she said more beautifully. The best thing about Anne Perry’s speech was her conviction that writers do something beautiful and important. “Dante’s Inferno is a raging good story. And darn good yarn.” -Anne Perry We only live once, but if you read well you can taste a little bit of others’ lives. — Anne Perry on writing Hearing Anne Perry read “The Good Samaritan” with her accent makes it seem even more profound. Continue reading