My ears are bleeding! It’s down to the listening wire for Selected Audiobooks — I’m taking the next ten days off, hoping to finish up the nominated titles remaining on my list. Let’s see: Six books. Hours of listening: 44:22. So, that’s four hours and 42 minutes of listening each day. You understand about the ears?

Here’s your invitation to come observe our committee’s deliberations at Midwinter next month. Last year (my first year) we talked away for hours without any visitors! Of course, the room we were in was way overheated and a hardworking and painfully squeaking escalator was right outside our door. There were a few people willing to brave the conditions — mostly from publishers, so we’d love it if we had a few fans from the listening public sitting in.

Here’s our schedule:

Friday, January 11. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (possibly winding up early)
Saturday, January 12. 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 13. 8 a.m. to noon.

We’re at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Number 4 on your hotel map) in the Delaware Room.

No RSVP required.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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