Before I say anything else:
But I’m jumping ahead of myself. Saturday May 21 morning began with breakfast – big meetings like this always make one hungry for some reason and anyway sistas are not going to meet and talk unless there’s fire and food in the belly.
Before the breakfast panel discussion, “Twenty Years of African American Literature,” I hung out a little with my new buddy, prolific science fiction writer LR Giles, who was also one of the panelists. Other panelists were W. Paul Coates, founder and director of Black Classic Press, and Ramunda Young, co-owner of Mahogany Books.
And don’t think I wouldn’t take the chance to snag a photo op with the woman whose fabulous voice and interviewing skills I listen to every evening on the way home from work.
Time flashed by and before we knew it, it was time for the awards festivities to begin.
The Mistress of Ceremonies for the awards was Doris E. McMillon, who is a hoot and a half and had us rolling in the aisles. There was a number of different genre award categories for the 20th anniversary, including anthology, historical, mystery and science fiction/fantasies, as well as some very touching tributes to members of GOG no longer with us. It was nice also to see up on stage all the original co-founders of GOG, Lynda Johnson, Tracy Mitchell-Brown, and Monique Greenwood.
Presenting me the award for 2010 Male Author of the Year was Tina Ogden, seen in the photo above. It was quite a moment for me. Being honored and applauded is quite moving. The award itself is a lovely plaque designed by master potter and porcelain artist, Mama Orah-el.
After the ceremony, there were photo-ops galore, and lots of book signings for me.
It was great fun meeting the great Walter Mosley. He sure can write, but he’s also hilarious had me (and many others) in stitches.
And all good things must come to an end…until the next annual meeting, that is. A million thanks to the women of Go on Girls! for showing me great time. Seriously, you go on and on, and keep on.