Wednesday, October 12, 2005

More awards

I'm enjoying thumbing through Ruth Allen's Winning Books: An evaluation and history of major awards for children's books in the English-speaking world, published in the U.K. by Pied Piper Publishing (ISBN 0-954638-45-X). Although the lack of running heads makes the book a bit difficult to use for reference, it's a very browsable paperback, with complete lists of just about every English-language children's-book award complemented by histories of each award, shrewd observations about trends and choices, and the occasional anecdote. I've just been reading Allen's account of Lucy Boston winning the 1961 Carnegie Medal. Boston had madly prepared and memorized an acceptance speech, only to be then told that a simple "thank you" was all that was required--or wanted: "I lost my temper and hit the table till the cups danced. I poured out my rage at the wasted time and nervous exhaustion, the nights of fear. With rage came adrenalin and I knew I could address thousands without turning a hair, that I was in fact all agog to do it and mad at being defrauded."

4 comments:

Michele said...

Thanks for sharing this Roger - I laughed loudly at Lucy Boston's rage - but it was sympathetic laughter. I quite understand how she feels as I get very nervous when preparing to present a paper or give a talk.

Rand said...

"AGOG" is such a splendid word.

McCavity said...

After reading about Harold Pinter winning the Nobel prize, I was curious about other playwrights who had won. This led me to an internet discussion on the subject of "With the recent passing of Arthur Miller and August Wilson, who is the greatest living American playwright?"

I mention it here because I'd love to read a discussion about who is the greatest living American children's book author. For my money, it's Beverly Cleary with Katherine Patterson pulling in a close second. But perhaps this is more a listserve than a blog question...

Roger Sutton said...

I like McCavity's question and have something of a vested interest: I'm currently chairing the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award committee, which in looking at candidates considers the very question McCavity poses. I will soon post more comprehensive information, such as a link to the list of winners and instructions for nominations.