|Next Year's Bram Stoker Awards -- Not in Winnipeg!
||[Apr. 15th, 2008|05:22 pm]
International Bon Vivant and Raconteur
HWA members just got word from our President, Deborah LeBlanc, that, for a variety of reasons, next year's Bram Stoker Awards will not be held in conjunction with the 2009 World Horror Convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Instead, it will be part of a stand-alone, weekend-long event in Los Angeles in June.
Personally, this comes as a relief. There was no way I was going to be able to make Winnipeg. It's closer to where I live than L.A., sure, but as an international flight it would undoubtedly put a bigger dent in my checkbook, one I can't afford. Los Angeles, on the other hand, I might be able to swing if I can find cheap airfare. Hope springs eternal. (The fact that it will be in June instead of March/April also means the Stoker reading period will be longer, which can only lead to a more diverse range of quality work on the Final Ballot.)
Hats off to John R. Little and cinriter for taking on this project. Having helped put together a Bram Stoker Award Weekend myself, back in '06, I can vouch for just how much work it is, and how stressful it can be. Thanks in advance, you two. We all owe you big time.
Anyway, more news on this -- including whether I'll be able to go -- as it develops.