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I'M GOING TO PICK UP MY FIRST OSCAR!
Well, not quite, but it feels like it! I've been invited to attend the Odyssey Award ceremony at ALA Chicago, where Katy Kellgren and the audio team at Macmillan will receive the honor award for Best Audiobook for Monstrous Beauty.
Here's the crazy idea I've been kicking around for a few weeks now, since Colby Sharp inadvertently planted the idea in my mind: I want to have an ALA After-Party. It'll be a full-blown Oscars-like dinner-and-champagne event, at my house. And I want all of you to come. Well, all of you who are my bookish-industry friends: authors, agents, editors, publishers, librarians, teachers, and bloggers. I live a very short five miles down Lake Shore Drive from McCormick Place. The cab ride, split a few ways, is practically free. The food and drink will be free.
I looked at the ALA schedule, and I think Saturday, June 29th has no other special award dinners. But I'm not sure the online schedule is complete, and I don't want to interfere with real events. Are any of you going to ALA? Does Saturday seem good? WILL YOU COME? I want to meet you!
If the event gels, I'll need to approve your attendance—I might even send you a ticket to print out, and have my son's burly friend act as bouncer at the door—but I really want this to be inclusive, merry, and full of industry professionals. If it turns out to be too big for my house, which has comfortably fed 40 in the past (buffet style), I'll set up a tent in the yard and we can have double that many people.
Tell me what you think! (But don't bother saying I'm insane. That I know.)