Kerry Blair is presenting the award to Dean Hughes - and took a moment to thank Rob for all he's done. She also took public credit for writing the silly jokes, which, are of course, now charming and funny. Everyone gave Rob a well-deserved standing ovation for his hard work and dedication.
Dean Hughes is a legend in our market, and in the national market, as well. His mother read to him regularly as a child, and he credits a school teacher for helping him get on the path he's on now, living out his life-long dream of being a full-time author. He's been publishing since 1979, and his first book was the first novel ever published by Deseret Book. He started this whole market we know enjoy.
We all know how I feel about Dean Hughes -- it's so great to see a room full of people who feel the same way.
Welcome to the Live Blogging of the 2007 Whitney Awards!
Welcome to the Whitney Awards! If you are not familiar with how blogs work, the 'beginning' is at the bottom of the screen. So, scroll down to the bottom, start reading, and enjoy!