Illumine Awards gala

This past weekend, I had the honor of accepting an Illumine Award (children’s literature), given out at a star-studded gala at the W Hotel in downtown Austin. The award was given by the Friend’s of Austin Public Library Foundation, honoring members of the Austin community for outstanding literary achievement. Other honorees were Tim O’Brien (fiction), and Amy Gentry (first book).

It was wonderful to receive this nice recognition from my hometown public library system, and it was even more thrilling that so many of my friends came to support me (aka “Don Tate Appreciation Society). I was floored. I kept thinking, Gosh, a lot of my friends just so happen to be here. And then at some point, I realized, they were there to support me! *tear*

Here is a look at the magical night.

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