As hard as it was to wait, I did save my cheesecake for last.
We are now listening to Rob share how the idea for the Whitney Awards came about. In talking with Brandon Sanderson and kicking around ways to help LDS authors achieve their goals, the idea was born.
The awards are named after a quote from Orson F. Whitney - "We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own." He said this in prophecy in speaking of the LDS people, and we as LDS authors want to be part of the fulfillment of that prophecy.
Rob is reading the address from which this statement comes. Zion will be the seat of learning, where art and science will flourish. I've read this address and it's so incredible, I can't even tell how inspiring it was to me. God's work will be best done through literature, with powerful and truthful words. In His name and by His help, we will raise that literature.
Some of that vision is being realized in the nominees this year. They have all truly raised the bar for us this year.
And now, for the awards ...
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!