Friday, May 27, 2005

Pannell Winners Announced

BookPeople in my current hometown of Austin, Texas and Reading Reptile Books and Toys for Young Mammals in my original hometown of Kansas City are winners of the Lucile Micheels Pannell Award for Excellent in Children's Bookselling, given by the Women's National Book Association.

Congratulations to Austin's Jill Bailey,* who today is celebrating her last day at BookPeople! She will be missed at the store but still a vibrant part of Austin's sparkling children's/YA literature scene.

(Because I can't help bragging, I also remind cynsational readers that BookPeople was just named the Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year for 2005).

*Jill is the third Austinite to win this award, following Anne Bustard (formerly of Toad Hall; now author of Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly (Simon & Schuster, 2005) and Tiffany Durham (also formerly of Toad Hall).

Cynsational News & Links

Promote Your Books Like A Pro and Create A Bestseller: a resource Web site whose title neatly explains its purpose.

In Margot's Writing Chat for All Seasons, see: Writing Query Letters That Work; Lousy Rejection Letters; and the complete text from published authors in Margot's May Musings on The Secret to Becoming A Published Writer (including my own contribution).

Thanks to Colorado librarian Melissa Depper, I have massively updated my listing of U.S. and Canadian regional and national awards for children's/YA books. The URL may change with the site redesign, but I'll keep you posted on that.

3 comments:

Kelly said...

Thanks for the link to Margot's site, Cynthia. It's a good one!

Kelly

Camille said...

How nice to know about the Toad Hall association. That lovely bookstore was always a destination when we visited Austin. Is the Upper Crust bakery still there? They had a herb bread that was so good, tears would come to my eyes as I ate.

Cynthia Leitich Smith said...

My pleasure, Kelly!

And Camille, yes, we're all still mourning Toad Hall. But Upper Crust is still baking up a storm. Definitely plan on a stop for your next Austin visit. I also recommend Sweetish Hill on 6th Street.

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