Friday, March 7, 2014
Have you ever wondered how award winners are chosen? At tonight's 2011 Maine Literary Awards, Stephen Abbott, assistant director of the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, gave us a rare glimpse into the highly scientific methodology employed by this year's panel of judges. As you can see, the tools used to reach a decision in the 14 award categories included a blindfold, a paper tail and a donkey.
All kidding aside, tonight's party and ceremony brought out an impressive crowd of literary heavyweights and their supporters to the penthouse function room in USM's Glickman Family Library in Portland. Among them was Maine's Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, seen here with Stephen and MWPA Executive Director Joshua Bodwell. Wesley presented the organization's first ever Award for Distinguished Achievement to poet Robert Chute.
I'm sure you're wondering which authors took home tonight's awards, but I'm going to make you pick up a copy of the July 17 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram to find out.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with with this slide Joshua presented us with that shows the printed word is far from dead.
Should you want to learn the winners and see more photos from the party, be sure to read my Society Notebook column in this weekend's Sunday Telegram.
Until then, I hope to see you out and about.Tweet
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