First of all, thank you so much sticking with me as I revisited my time at Malice Domestic 30. I've enjoyed putting these posts together and today is the final one. You may be wondering - who won the the Agathas? Well, we'll get there.
Let's start with the Awards Dinner. As an attendee, you get an email telling you the individuals or groups that will be hosting a table at the special dinner. You get to give them your top 3 choices. Last year, I sat at Lori Rader-Day's table. This year, I asked for the table hosted by Laura Oles - one of the new authors nominated for 'Best First Novel'. Her nominated book is Daughters of Bad Men. I had not met Laura before, but I knew from the info on her website that she hails from my area of the world. In fact, I live north of the Austin area and she lives south, but not that far apart.
This is a picture of Laura (R) and yours truly (L) taken by her husband prior to our meal. She is just lovely and we got to visit for several minutes. I told her that I selected her table because I noticed several authors from Texas and thought I would fit right in. Her book is set in the fictional town of 'Port Alene, TX' (based on Port Aransas, TX) right on the Gulf Coast. Laura said that she and her family had spent a lot of vacation time in Port Aransas and we talked about how that small area was part of the larger area that was devastated by Hurricane Harvey last year. The library in that small town was completely ruined and remains closed to this day. I may have more about that at a later date of possible donation opportunities - books or funds.
This was the very nice bag of 'goodies' each person sitting at Laura's table found on their seat. Very kind of her.
Some others at Laura's table were (L to R), Laura's mother (so proud of her daughter), author Terry Shames (writes the Samuel Craddock series set in rural Texas), and author Nancy G. West (writes the Aggie Mundeen series set in San Antonio). The food was good and then came the awards.
A special toast and remarks by Catriona McPherson, Toastmaster.
Lifetime Achievment Award - Nancy Pickard
The Poirot Award - Brenda Blethyn
Special Amelia Award given to the late Joan Hess
Remarks by Becca King (Joan's daughter) and Beth Mertz (daughter of Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters - creator of Amelia Peabody and this award)
Louise Penny - Best Contemporary Novel
Cindy Callahan - Best Children's/Young Adult Novel
Gigi Pandian - Best Short Story
Mattias Bostrom - Best Nonfiction
Kellye Garrett - Best First Novel
Rhys Bowen - Best Historical Novel
I guess that's about all I have to tell. Hope this wasn't too, too long. If you'd like to see a list of all the nominated books, look here. Thank you for stopping by and reading about my adventure. Feel free to ask any questions or make any comments. And I encourage you to think about attending a mystery conference if this looks fun. It's amazing and tiring and quite an experience. And next week, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Ha!