Many thanks to Donna for getting all the info out so quickly. Nerves aside, we enjoyed the ceremony and have just had a great time lunching with two winning authors (Ben Galbraith and Bernard Beckett), a few publishers and the sponsor from Wheelers. I think we picked the right winners because they gave excellent acceptances and were great to converse with afterwards! Ben Galbraith made special mention of Wellington City Libraries and their excellent collection of picture books, which he consulted often while preparing his book. It was great to hear that both Ben Galbraith and Bernard Beckett have other projects well under way. Unfortunately Leon Davidson and Robyn Kahukiwa could not attend.
Fellow judge Bob Docherty is going to be reading from some of the shortlisted titles during lunch hour tomorrow to keep the throngs entertained. I think he will also be on U-tube. Several people have commented on how the Book Awards Ceremony was a nice reminder that librarians can be involved with books! The sessions have been so digitally-focussed that it is nice to remember that! It was also lovely having a group of local children performing, an excellent reminder of who we’re here for.