As I noted before, we’re giving out awards at the Last Drink Bird Head party at World Fantasy Award. The more that Ann and I thought about it, the more service awards seemed particularly appropriate given the nature of the Last Drink anthology. So we got all serious and spent a good deal of time thinking about categories and finalists. We thought awards from this perspective might be a very good thing for the field, so we’re leaving open the probability of continuing the awards next year, and the year after that. If we do so, we’ll put formal guidelines in place, have some custom-made trophies, and probably use a panel of judges. But for now, it’s all us, for better or worse….
And now, without further ceremony or ado, here are the nominees for the first annual Last Drink Bird Head Awards. (Some of our categories may be playful, but we are truly serious in our respect for all of the nominees.)
ABOUT THE LAST DRINK BIRD HEAD AWARDS
Weâ€™re pleased to announce the finalists for the first annual Last Drink Bird Head Awards, as chosen by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The purpose of the awards is to celebrate those in the genre community who enrich us with their time, energy, and words, often for causes greater than themselves. Finalists for this yearâ€™s award were chosen for efforts in 2008 and/or 2009. The winners will be announced at the Last Drink Bird Head Party at the World Fantasy Convention in San Jose, California (October 29, 8p.m., Imperial Parlor, 20th floor). Winners will receive a bird head figurine, a certificate, and chocolate.
The awards are named after the anthology Last Drink Bird Head from Ministry of Whimsy Press (an imprint of Wyrm Publishing). The proceeds from the anthology benefit the ProLiteracy charity. Contributors include Peter Straub, Ellen Kushner, Gene Wolfe, Tanith Lee, and over 80 others. To buy the limited hardcover and support literacy, visit the order page.
In recognition of individuals willing to enter into blunt discourse about controversial issues…
- K. Tempest Bradford
- Nick Mamatas
- John Scalzi
In recognition of individuals who selflessly give of themselves for worthy organizations or causes…
- Natania Barron (for the Outer Alliance)
- Leslie Howle (for Clarion West and Hugo House activities)
- Rina Weisman (for SF in SF and the Variety Childrenâ€™s Charity of Northern California)
Promotion of Reading
In recognition of individuals whose efforts contribute to the promotion of reading or an increase in reading proficiency…
- Colleen Cahill (for her work at the Library of Congress as an advocate for genre fiction and as the libraryâ€™s representative to the ALA)
- James Gunn (for his work with AboutSF)
- Susan Straub (for her work as the creator and director of the Read to Me program, the goal of which is, in part, to â€œstimulate the imaginationâ€)
Expanding Our Vocabulary
In recognition of writers whose fiction or nonfiction exposes readers to new words and, often, new ideas…
- John Clute
- Hal Duncan
- Catherynne M. Valente
In recognition of those who work to bring writers from other literary traditions and countries to the attention of readers in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia…
- Charles Tan (for Bibliophile Stalker and various ad hoc efforts)
- Lavie Tidhar (for internet advocacy and for editing The Apex Book of World SF)
- James and Kathy Morrow (for editing The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent and continuing advocacy efforts)
Special Achievement Award
The winner of a Special Achievement Award also will be announced at the Last Drink Bird Head party. This award is geared toward recognizing individuals who are proactive behind the scenes but whose efforts often donâ€™t receive public recognition. The winner will receive an elegant Hieronymous Bosch bird-with-letter figurine, a certificate, and chocolate. Starting with year two, the award will be named after the first yearâ€™s winner.