Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Newbery Banquet or my Cinderella night

Once upon a time, there was a Cinderella who received an amazing invitation program to a ball banquet.
It even had her name on it!
As she sat in the ballroom banquet hall, she looked in awe all around her. She was really there! She knew it was magic that got her there. But, unlike other well-known Cinderellas who only have one, measly fairy godmother, this Cinderella had many.

First there was the Dress Fairy...
Dress Fairy Cindy Pon who is the nicest & loveliest person to dress stalk as well as being a great author! Her Silver Phoenix is kind of a Young Adult Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

who made sure Cinderella was clothed as well as a princess:

Because I went with the Dress #2! Majority ruled, even though I had to put straps on the dress.

And the Great Friends Fairies:

The blue rose girls, my greatest friends with me through thick and thin. From L to R: Anna Alter, me, Alvina Ling (back)Libby Koponen, Meghan McCarthy, Elaine Magliaro (missing: Linda Wingerter)

The Awesome Agent Fairy:

My agent, Rebecca Sherman, who so wisely guided & guides my career & does all the biz stuff that I hate to do, all while being a friend.

The Revelation Fairy:
Janet Wong, whose wise words pushed me to finish Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. As well as being witty and warm, she is a great author whose new book looks really good!

Cinderella met some fairies for the first time:

I met Pam Coughlin (MotherReader) for the first time at ALA. We've been reading eachothers' blogs for so long, we felt like old friends! Pam was passionate advocate of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, so much so that I almost felt like I needed to send her a check at the end of the year!

While other Fairies had been there along the way:
Marketing savvy (and great author--check out all the buzz for her Bamboo People)Mitali Perkins, who helped me create the online booklaunch...she is the one who had me start my FB fanpage!

The fabulous Kirsten Cappy of Curious City who put together the the Activity Book and the Event Kit which a librarian told me she used recently to rave reviews!

Besides the many fairy godmothers (there are a lot who missing from this story, so sorry!) Cinderella, of course, had her Prince Sasquatch.
Alex, aka Squatchie, who made up for having to be on good behavior by purposely making goofy faces in all his photos!

So with friends, magic and a Prince Sasquatch, Cinderella was at the ball banquet. And, oh, how happy she was!

The King spoke his words:
Jerry Pinkney, winner of the Caldecott medal, gave a heartwarming speech. People ovated (is that a word?) him 3 times.

And, then, Cinderella had a feeling that the big dance was coming...

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon on the big screen!

Yes! Her time had come!
I jump onto the stage to receive the NEWBERY HONOR!

"Is it really for me?" I ask Newbery Chair Katie O'Dell with my psychic mind. She assures me it is.
See, it IS mine! My name's on it!
I'm just going to take this with me, okay? You don't mind, do you?
Run! Before she changes her mind! NO TAKE-BACKS!

Safely back in her seat Gracefully retired, Cinderella listened to the words of the Queen:
Newbery winner Rebecca Stead gave an inspiring speech!

And then the evening was ending...the clock was striking midnight:
The receiving line after the banquet was really, really long! Though it was nice to meet so many people.

And Cinderella had no slippers:
But my feet couldn't take my heels anymore. And neither could Alvina's!

But she didn't care, because she had a much better accessory!
But my tired feet was still able to carry this home!

So, she lived happily ever after.

The end.


MotherReader said...

Oh, I'm teary! Such a beautiful way to capture your wonderful night. I'm honored to be part of it.

Selina Alko said...

This is the best fairy tale I've read in a long time! Thanks for sharing, and congratulations again on a fabulous achievement. So inspiring!

giogas said...

It was not magic that got you there. It was hard work and very well deserved. Thanks for letting us glimpse your journey. Congrats again!

Cloudbuster said...

Grace -- Congratulations! This is an amazing honor and so well deserved! I have been a lurker on your blog for about six months now, ever since I saw "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" in my local bookstore and said to myself “I went to high school with that author!” (We didn’t know each other very well back then, but if you do remember me, you’ll recall me as being very fat, kinda scary looking and in all the Masque productions. These days I’m a bit less fat, hopefully less scary looking and no longer the least bit interested in stepping on stage!) Anyway, I’ve avoided posting here until now because I didn’t want to seem like a weird stalker from your past, but I just had to write to congratulate you on this wonderful achievement. I’m so pleased for you and your amazing success. The book itself is just beautiful: The story is sensitive and lovely and the illustrations are remarkable. It was a great pleasure to purchase and read such a masterfully wrought piece of art. You have an amazing talent!

Congratulations on your recent nuptials and good luck with "Ling and Ting"!

Rob Costello

P.S. You definitely picked the right dress!

Jeannine Atkins said...

What a happy story! Congratulations!

aeb. said...

Congratulation! So exciting... and I LOVED this post! :)

Patty said...

Wowwie wow wow! Very sweet Grace. You are soooooo creative. Thanks for sharing.

Patty said...

oh oh I forgot... I LOVE the straps on the dress!!! Made it even better.

Toby Speed said...

I love your fairy tale come true, Grace. Congratulations!

Grace Lin said...

Thanks so much, everyone! The only thing I am sad about is now I have nowhere to wear my pretty dresses to!

Hi Rob! Thanks so much for dropping by. Of course I remember you (I was a Masque groupie) though I don't remember thinking you were fat. Maybe scary (just joking!). I'm really glad you liked the book and I hope you are doing well. Are you on FB? I'll look you up there!

Cloudbuster said...

Hey, Grace, thanks for being generous! (I was pretty scary looking, though.) Anyway, I am on FB and you can link from my profile here. Also, I just "Liked" you...number 1046!

Have a great holiday!

cindy said...

haha! i'm so glad i'm not the only one who takes her heels off! torture!

Jill Corcoran said...

So happy for you, Grace:)

Laura said...

It was amazing to meet you, thank you for signing my book.
Happy writing!

Laura Rodgers
4060 W 400 S
Lebanon, IN, 46052

Read2Me said...

Hi Grace,
I wanted to tell you congratulations on your award. I am a third grade teacher and I read this book to my sudents. It was so exciting to see them make connections between the legends and the main story line. They LOVED your book! You now have many young fans. They are independently reading your picture books and other chapter books. I used your book as a mentor text to teach writing similes and other writing crafts. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us!
Julie Orlandi

Read2Me said...

Sorry I forgot the t in students in the above post (and I tell my students to proof-read before they send)!

Jan J. said...

I am so happy you got the Newbery - wow what an honor but well deserved. Thanks for sharing the big event! My girls, Jing and Lily, just finished reading the book - or they listened as I read. They are 12 and 13 so it is actually a bit "young" for them, but we always read Grace Lin books together, and we greatly enjoyed it, though our favorite is still "Year of the Dog!" We started with picture books and followed along! So fun to see you get some aclaim for your talent and hard work! I think I will be looking for the Silver Phoenix now - glad you pointed that one out!

Elizabeth O. Dulemba said...

SO, SO happy for you Grace! :) e

Linda Cardella said...

Congratulations on the award! What a wonderful way to tell the story of this magical night.

April Halprin Wayland said...

Wonderful post, Grace--thank you for bringing your silver night into our lives!

(I'll raise my glass to taking uncomfortable shoes off!)