In case you're curious to know what I look like, here's a picture of me at one of the dinners I attended during BEA. I'm the one on the right in the black and white striped dress. I'm in good company here; both of the amazing women with me in the photo won awards this weekend. In the center is Deborah Robson, of Nomad Press and Dogtooth Books and publisher of Riddle in the Mountain, which won an "Ippy" (Independent Publisher) award on Friday night. Riddle in the Mountain is a YA time travel adventure in an old-west Colorado mining town, and I gave it a great review in March.
On the left is Maggie Anton, author of Rashi's Daughters, a historical novel about the daughters of a great medieval Jewish scholar. Rashi's Daughters has been sweeping the awards, winning a Benjamin Franklin award, a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, a USA Book News Best Books award, and was a finalist for an Ippy award.
Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Church Simonds, Beagle Bay Books
(Jacqueline is another amazing woman I met at BEA, and publisher of another of the weekend's award winners, Women in Shadow and Light: Journeys from Abuse to Healing)