As a member of the inaugural Odyssey Committee, I was thrilled when the 2009 Committee presented the awards for distinction in audiobook production. Monday afternoon at the Convention Center was the place to be for audiofiles. Pam Spencer Holley welcomed the audience and presented plaques to the producers of the winning titles. As a wonderful bonus, 4 of the narrators were present to make remarks.

Katherine Kellgren, narrator of CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO from Listen and Live), was gracious and warm as she talked about how important audiobooks were to her as a child. Mirron Lewis who brought to life ELIJAH OF BUXTON (Listening Library) reminded theaudience of the importance of developing literacy of all kinds for the sake of the future of our country. Carmen Agra Deedy, author and narrator of MARTINA THE BEAUTIFUL COCKROACH, echoed similar sentiments and reminded us all of the essential nature of the oral tradition of telling all our stories. Finally, Sherman Alexie, author and narrator of THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN) regaled listeners with his tales of the recording of the book and the response the book and audio has received.

A wonderful reception sponsored by APA followed the event. Make plans now to attend this annual event on Monday afternoons at ALA as we celebrate the spoken word. This award is co-sponsored by ALSC and YALSA.

Sherman Alexie receives standing ovation at Odyssey Celebration

Sherman Alexie receives standing ovation at Odyssey Celebration

About Teri Lesesne

I am a professor of YA lit in the department of library science at SHSU in Texas. I am an active YALSA member, an author of two professional books, a blogger, and a grandmother of 6. I am on the Printz 2010 Committee and the YALS Editorial Board currently. I have also served on the QP, Edwards, and Odyssey Committees.

One Thought on “Odyssey Celebration

  1. Emily DB on July 24, 2009 at 3:03 am said:

    I’m really glad to hear that Sherman Alexie won an award for his audio version of “The Absolutely True Diary…”. It’s an excellent audio book, truly moving.

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