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Friday, November 16, 2012

At the National Book Award frolics

Greek revival ceiling at Cipriani Wall Street.

Rebecca with Anne and Gary Schmidt.
Gary was the wonderful leader of our judging panel.

Bar, Wall Street Cipriani.

Judith Ortiz Cofer with Rachel and Steve Sheinkin,
Finalist in Young People's Literature for Bomb.
Our panel's star, Susan Cooper...
(Susan Cooper Cronym)

With my daughter Rebecca.

Table companions, poets Dana Levin and Patrick Rosal,
judges for the poetry award.

Author Sophia Quintero with Patrick Rostal.

Cipriani Wall Street.

Picked Sagittarius and Scorpio, as my birthday lands
on the cusp between them.

With Judith Ortiz Cofer. Devoured by judge-corsages.

Fellow YPL panelist Daniel Ehrenhaft, author and now head
of the Soho Teen imprint, along with his wife Jessica,
a vice president at Scholastic.
Rebecca Beatrice Miller in her new pixie cut, all curls gone!
Judges Susan Orlean and Judith Shulevitz in the background.

Table 55 assembling...

Table 55.

Judith Ortiz Cofer and Rebecca.


  1. ,,,, and would that be a white camelia? If so - well done.

    This looks prestigious and wonderful, Marly. Prestigious and yet still friendly. Rebecca's cut looks chic too.

    Really glad you posted these because it gives us all a feel for what it must have been like - so thank you!

    And of course.... bravo!

  2. How posh! You all look wonderful and happy.... and yes, is that a white camellia?

  3. Hi Paul and Marja-Leena,

    I'm afraid they were not thinking of me at all--those are rusty and cream and orange orchids with white ribbons, which they had a dickens of a time fastening onto slithery fabrics.

    Not the greatest pics in the world, but they give you an idea.

  4. Lovely pics. So is your birthday coming up soon?

  5. Robbi,

    Don't rub it in; I'll catch up soon.

    Yes, I am a Thanksgiving baby (not turkey) this year. My children and I are all holiday-seeking, it seems. No. 3 = Memorial Day. No. 2 = Columbus Day. No. 1 is not on a holiday, but "Marlene" and "Marly" are diminutives of "Mary Magdalene," and her saint's day is . . . his birthday. Meanwhile my mother's birthday is St. Patrick's Day. I guess it's a maternal line tendency!


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.