Hey there Betsy-Tacy fans — I just read about this competition in the Mankato (Minnesota) Times, and since there are so many fine young artists who visit my blog, I thought I’d pass the information along! The contest is being sponsored by the Betsy-Tacy Society and Mankato’s Carnegie Arts Center, and winners will be announced at this summer’s “Deep Valley Homecoming.” Click here for full information and an order form.
A number of you have asked me about the Edgar Awards and my trip to New York last week. Here’s the full scoop, complete with about a zillion photos!
It all began with this:
And why was I invited to attend the Edgar Awards banquet? Because my book ABSOLUTELY TRULY was a nominee! As you may know from my previous blog posts, this was cause for much excitement, much laughter at “Dress to Kill” (gotta love that), quickly followed by much panic — I’ve never been to a black tie event in my life! What would I wear? And what would my husband wear?
More on that soon…
Meanwhile, it was time to pack our bags and hop on a plane to New York.
See why I love living in the Pacific Northwest? This was the view as we left Seattle, flying over the Cascade mountains. Sigh.
It’s always a treat to fly through Seattle. And I mean that literally:
Whenever we have a layover at Sea-Tac, I make a beeline for Dilettante. Fabulous hot chocolate! And so many choices!
Make mine milk chocolate, please. Mmm. Wonderful!
But there were wonderful things awaiting us in New York, too, including this:
This is what greeted my husband and me when we stopped by my publisher for a celebration. (Ignore whatever weird thing my left hand is doing, OK? We’ll just chalk that up to an excess of excitement.) Simon & Schuster had not just one but THREE books nominated for the Edgar Award! Huzzah!
On the left is Stuart Gibbs, standing in front of his absolutely hilarious book SPACE CASE. In the middle is Naheed Senzai, with her tender and moving story SAVING KABUL CORNER. Me? I’m the one with my eyes shut, dazzled by all the talent in the room! Which includes the walls behind us–they’re covered with book jackets featuring award stickers for things like the Newbery and Caldecott medals. So cool!
After the celebration, it was time to go back to the hotel and grab a nap before the award ceremony. Hello, jet lag! And then it was time to get ready…
This was the selfie we took in our hotel room, before making our grand entrance. In over 30 years of marriage, I’ve never seen my husband in a tux before. I was dazzled…
And here we are, dressed to kill indeed! I accessorized with this:
Woohoo! And with sparkly silver shoes, which you’ll see in a moment. The MWA (Mystery Writers of America) gave us each a swag bag…
… which included this fun item:
Simon & Schuster placed a full-page ad in the program showing off our books:
So cool! Thank you, S&S!
Here’s a picture of me with my smart and lovely editor, Kristin Ostby. Kristin is Stuart’s editor, too. (She’s good at her job.)
Lois is the author of such books as I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and HOTEL FOR DOGS. I’ve been reading WRITTEN IN THE STARS, a newly-published collection of short stories she wrote and published in her teens. Impressive! She was being honored with a “Grand Master” award.
Mostly I hung out with my friends who also write middle-grade mysteries, though:
This is the only picture I have of the vivacious and fun Marcia Wells, who is as sparkly in person as the dress she was wearing. I laughed out loud reading her terrific EDDIE RED UNDERCOVER: MYSTERY ON MUSEUM MILE. Love that Eddie!
After the cocktail party and photos, it was time to go into the swanky ballroom for dinner.
Mmm. It was delicious. The decorations were awesome, too–and some of them were edible!
Here’s a closer look at the white chocolate Edgar Allan Poe…
…which I didn’t get a chance to taste, because my agent Barry Goldblatt beat me to it!
Speaking of Barry, like my editor Kristin Ostby, he had not just one but TWO clients nominated for an Edgar — yours truly and Kate Milford!
And Kate’s book won! Deservedly so, because GREENGLASS HOUSE is a very special book and a wonderful read–I hope you all rush right out and snag a copy!
After the award ceremony, we all hung out for a bit and basked in Kate’s reflected glory.
Kate and I compared shoes:
We both like sparkles. Mine are the silver ones, hers are — appropriately! — gold. And here’s her Edgar award:
And then the party was over. But the city still beckoned, and there was a full moon over Manhattan…
My two favorite buildings in New York, captured together right outside our hotel!
There was so much more to explore. My husband and I stayed on for an extra couple of days to get our fill of this amazing city. We walked for miles (seriously! we estimate we walked at least 15 miles in two days), downtown to 2nd Avenue Deli…
… for the best pastrami sandwiches ever.
Then uptown to Central Park, which was in swoony full bloom…
We stopped to refuel at Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie with Viennese kaffee und kuchen (cake and coffee) — mmm, Sachertorte for me — then walked back down Park Avenue enjoying more spring blossoms…
Next up? A play about Winston Churchill (
James Bond my husband isn’t wild about musicals, so we settled on a subject of mutual interest).
Excellent choice! We loved it!
After that, it was time for a late-night bite. Like tuxedos and elegant long dresses, the Fredericks don’t do dinner at 10 p.m., but we did in NYC! We met up with my dear friend and former colleague Diane Roback, who steered us to Empanada Mama, a 24-hour spot (because let’s face it, who doesn’t have those occasional 3 a.m. empanada emergencies?) over on 9th Avenue that was FABULOUS!
Just the sustenance we needed to face another long day of walking ahead. Next morning, we lit out for the High Line.
If you’re ever in New York, you must walk the High Line! It’s a repurposed elevated railroad spur that’s now a mile and a half long park and walking trail. Great panoramic views of the city and the Hudson River, wonderful trees and plantings, and a very fun vibe. Plus, the new Whitney Museum of American Art has been relocated to the end of it on Gansevoort Street. We were going to stop in, but it was opening day and the lines were long and the day was gorgeous so we just kept on walking…
… until our feet took us to City Bakery for hot chocolate. Because really, when is it never the right time for hot chocolate? Unfortunately, their homemade marshmallows were out of season (what? since when is there a season for homemade marshmallowy goodness?), so we had to drink our cocoa straight up. It was as excellent as I remember from the last time I was here. (Can you tell that I am a hot chocolate afficionado?)
And then it was time to say goodbye to New York and head home. Flying south from Seattle we dipped over Mount St. Helens and her stunning caldera (thank you, Alaska Airlines)…
…and arrived in Portland, where we were greeted by this sweet little face:
She missed us, and was happy to have us home again! And we were happy to be home, too, where our Pacific Northwest spring is in full bloom…
… and where I have this to keep as a reminder of a magical trip to the Big Apple!