Holy guacamole!

Now I know why Lin and Steve and Sally wanted to make sure that Bini was attending the Golden Kite luncheon. I have been presented with the most wonderful honour that can ever be bestowed upon a member of the SCBWI. This was totally unknown to me and so very very VERY surprising. I have been awarded the 2010 Member of the Year … and Steve read out the most wonderful words about me. I should say though that at first I did not know he was talking about me, even when he announced the word Australia. 

Then something ticked and made the grey cells in the brain click over a little but i wasn’t quite sure. And then looking at Lin on the stage she had the biggest broadest grin as we had been chit chatting on and off and knew that I was totally surprised. Had I known I was going to have to walk on stage and receive an award I would have at least worn shoes and not sandals and dressed a little better for the occasion! Just as well that I didn’t wear the shorts that I nearly wore!!!

A picture too of Linda Sue Park smothering me with hugs as I walked off the stage plaque in hand would have been brilliant. She has spoken to me a number of times at the conference and didn’t even blurt it out … she was so worried that she would!

Have a check out of these piccies:



It is the weirdest feeling having folks cheer and clap and stand to celebrate with you. Thanks to all. And my RA / ARA friends, thank you so very very much for the wonderful support.Jolie Stekly also posted a link about the presentation on the official scbwi blog … she knows exactly how I feel! Here is the link to her blog post about the Member of the Year. Of course then Lin invited me to say a few words – and it happened. I didn’t know what to say – yes I was speechless! I was stuck for words.

And now for a few other words about the day – mostly to do with the Golden Kite luncheon. We also cheered on the SCBWI office staff and we were inspired by the amazing Ashley Bryan who won the Golden Kite non fiction award. He had us all reciting poetry and laughing and celebrating with him. and he is such an inspiration to all writers. he has a spark and an energy and invigoration – and he is 87 years old. See … never too old!

Golden Kite winner Ashley Bryan

Golden Kite winner Ashley Bryan

And then there was the door prize – and this photo shows our aussie Sam Hughes receiving her gift voucher to the bookstore … she has spent all the money already!

Sam collecting her door prize
At the end of the evening was the annual RA / ARA schmooze and birthday celebration. This is where the RAs and ARAs just get to hang out and relax and gossip an sort out all the problems of the world … well a few anyway.

What an amazing day! Thanks all.

7 Responses to Day 3 LA SCBWI Conference HUGE SURPRISE

  1. OH WOW!!!! How exciting, Chris! I’m so happy for you! Wish I could have been there to celebrate, but it was so lovely to see you and Bini when you passed through Seattle. I still owe you a secret, don’t I?

    holly cupala August 3, 2010 at 5:06 am Reply
  2. WAAAAAAAHHHHH!!! SO excited for you! How totally fabulous – and well-deserved!

    SarahD August 4, 2010 at 12:34 am Reply
  3. So fantastic. What a privilege to have been sitting to your left on such a momentous occasion. Congratulations 🙂

    Caz Williams August 4, 2010 at 5:08 am Reply
  4. Congratulations! The whole conference looks fabulous.
    So glad you were both able to attend. Did you not have a long acceptence speech ready?

    singing librarian August 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm Reply
  5. Congratulations, Chris! Can’t think of anyone who deserves the honor more than you.

    Uma Krishnaswami August 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm Reply
  6. Huge congrats, Chris! Spine tingling news – you must be so happy. Looking forward to meeting you during the ACT CBCA Book Week. 🙂

    Tania McCartney August 16, 2010 at 1:56 pm Reply
  7. Yay, Chris! Congratulations from the PaperTigers team on this well-deserved honor!

    Aline Pereira August 26, 2010 at 4:16 am Reply

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