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Margaret A. Edwards Award

Color me surprised! This weekend I got one of those phone calls we hope for but never expect. It came from the committee of the Young Adult Services of the American Library Association (now there's a mouthful!), to tell me that it would be announced this morning (Monday, January 28, 2013) that I was this year's winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. This morning I learned the books they particularly singled out in giving this award to me: The Song of the Lioness quartet and The Protector of the Small quartet.

I have never won one of the industry's Big Awards before. I know my books are loved by extremely cool fans of all ages (some of them--many of them!--were screaming when they announced the award), which has always made me happy and more than a little smug when people meet my fans and realize I wasn't storying them about how cool my fans are. But a Big Award is something you can show your parents and relatives that they will recognize as being a Big Deal; you are a success in your field and not doing this just because you can't hold down a real job. (Family. What can you do?) It's something that means when you have to go to industry dinners and cocktail parties the people you're introduced to (not your friends, obviously) don't start looking around immediately for someone important to talk to. It means that all those wonderful people who thrust your books on total strangers are now vindicated, and people will applaud their judgment.

And it means I can thank again the people without whom Alanna and Kel's books in particular would not have achieved the shapes that give them their unique impact: Claire Smith, my first agent, who said "Break it into four books for teenagers," and Jean Karl, my first editor, a legendary editor who showed me how to tell a story without beating it to death, who saw Alanna and Daine both to completion; Mallory Loehr, who suggested that Kel be a commander, and Craig Tenney, my current agent, who in his bemused and funny way steers me clear of trouble. There are so many more, but I am on killer deadline with BATTLE MAGIC and need to get back to work (what? you thought I could take a cruise and relax?). ;-)

Thank you. Because you brought me here, too, those of you who read my books and bugged librarians for them. I've heard about you, from the librarians and from you yourselves. I love you.


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Jan. 28th, 2013 07:01 pm (UTC)
And I'm one of the ones screaming. (Seriously, I scared the neighbors just now.) You deserve recognition for years of storytelling and hard work, and I'm very happy for you! Congratulations!
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Tammy! You totally deserve this! I grew up with your stories and to this day still reread all your books-your characters have inspired me to be the person I am today! Thank you and congratulations :)
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, I'm crying I'm so happy for you
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)

Oh, that is lovely news! I am so pleased for you, and it is well deserved indeed. JOY.

*jumps up and down*

If I was there, I'd bake you a cake :-)
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And well-deserved, too. I didn't discover your books until I was an adult, but I enjoy them mightily, and pass the recommendations on to anyone I think will stand still for it.
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You definitely deserve the award.
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations from me, my boyfriend and his bestie (who i suggested that they read the books as well)
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, that is awesome :D

(And yeah, you are my go-to author when someone asks for book recommendations! Ever since someone handed me Alanna and told me I would love it.)
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 28th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
EEEEE!!! Congratulations! I definitely loved reading your books growing up and I continue reading them in my twenties.
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yay yay yay! As I said on my Facebook, this is so well deserved and I couldn't be happier for you. You are awesome and the whole world should know! YAY!!!
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
Massive Congratulations! When I heard the news this morning, I was super excited (as both a lifetime reader AND a librarian)! Wayyy more about your award than anything of the others, to be honest. I've been reliving my first read of the Tortall books this week as a long time friend has finally gotten on the bandwagon and is racing through Alanna, Daine & Kel (she's on Lady Knight now, going in order) so this was extra exciting :)

Congrats again! You deserved it so much!
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! The award is well earned and well deserved! I hope to see you accept it in Chicago.
Jan. 28th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
Tammy i am so happy that you received this award, you have more than earned it. I am glad that someone finally wised up and gave you at least a small portion of the credit you deserve. (Because honestly i think your books are worthy of MANY awards, probably is just that the committees that pick the winners are maybe just a bit slow on the uptake and are taking their time in realizing just how profound your books are.
Growing up in foster homes and group homes it was your books and the books of a few other authors that got me through with my values and self still intact, the places i lived were mostly not good places( and almost everyone ended up under investigation). It was your books that gave me hope during the darkest times, because your books showed that not everyone was as cruel hearted as the majority of people I was around when growing up, and they gave me the strength to fight for myself and for other girls in group homes i was in who were mistreated and to do my best to make sure that the right people found out about things so that hopefully other kids wouldn't go through what we did (meaning myself and the other girls in the group homes). Your books truly are inspirational. they inspire people to be better people and to stand up for what is good, and to accept other peoples individuality. This past summer i was so excited when my friend told me that her daughter was doing well with reading and when i realized she was finally at a point where i could get her reading your books, it's funny because i was on the phone with her when she got the package and i think she and i were about at the same level of excitement.
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