Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beach Book Festival 2014 ~ Whale Poaching Children's Book, A Sandy Grave honored

On Friday evening, June 20th I had the distinct honor and privilege to attend The Beach Book Festival 2014 awards ceremony in NYC held at The Grolier Club. Upon arrival (along with my parents… hubby stayed home to man the fort while our sixteen year old hosted a surprise birthday party for 20. Thanks Tom, for making sure I could attend the awards ceremony without concern!) we were immediately welcomed by Bruce Haring and his staff.  

(The Exhibition Hall prior to awards ceremony setup.)

The electricity in the air was captivating from the moment we entered The Exhibition Hall. Guitar music played softly in the background while the award recipients mingled along with their guests and celebrated with appetizers and drinks, setting the tone for an amazing evening. The Grolier Club is one of the world's greatest libraries for rare documents, so to be amongst such history was humbling to say the least. 

(View from the reception awards ceremony area 
toward the area on the second floor that runs 
the perimeter of the room.)

The evening proceeded with a warm welcome by Bruce Haring and continued on with exceptional speeches. Each author gave inspiring speeches that will stay long with me.

Congratulations one and all on your fine achievement. 
I'm awed to be amongst you! 


Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multiple Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading! 



  1. Congrats, Donna!

    Was your house still there when you returned?

  2. LOL! Surprisingly, yes! Tom had a buddy of his hang out with him so everyone survived, thankfully :)

  3. Hi, Donna. CONGRATS! What a great hubby you have. Hope the teens had fun.

    1. Thank you! The teens birthday party went off without any problems. Phew!

  4. Congratulations, Donna! What a well deserved and incredible award and honor!


    1. Thanks Karin for your never ending support :)

  5. Wow, it looks like it was quite an event. Congratulations and I'm glad all went well at home. :)

    1. The Beach Book Festival staff organized a lovely event. Yep, relieved the house was still standing when I returned :)


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