On Friday night, my friend Kathy and I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Lehigh Valley Literary Awards, presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG).
The purpose of the event was to recognize the publishing excellence of GLVWG's members. Awards in 5 categories were given.
It was a fabulous evening. Though I've only been an official member of GLVWG for a few months, I've gone to their conference twice and attended a few meetings. I must admit, the Black Diamond Writers Network is modeled heavily after GLVWG. It was inspiring to be around writers from so many different genres--at our table alone we had romance/mystery/erotica, business/spirituality/self-help, history/relationship/lifestyle, forensics/true crime/paranormal investigative, and essay! Whew! Needless to say, there was no shortage of conversation going on!
The importance of supporting local artists--whether they are writers, painters, musicians, dancers, singers, actors, or something else that defies genre--cannot be understated. My time with the other GLVWG members simply reinforced just how important books and words are to all of us.
Congratulations to all of the 2009 Literary Award winners!