Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have announced the inaugural (and hopefully continuing) Last Drink Bird Head Awards, which are intended to reward people for service to the speculative fiction community. Jeff says:
Some of our categories may be playful, but we are truly serious in our respect for all of the nominees.
Full details are available on Jeff’s blog, but here are the nominees.
In recognition of individuals willing to enter into blunt discourse about controversial issues…
- K. Tempest Bradford
- Nick Mamatas
- John Scalzi
In recognition of individuals who selflessly give of themselves for worthy organizations or causes…
- Natania Barron (for The Outer Alliance)
- Leslie Howle (for Clarion West and Richard Hugo House activities)
- Rina Weisman (for SF in SF and the Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California)
Promotion of Reading
In recognition of individuals whose efforts contribute to the promotion of reading or an increase in reading proficiency…
- Colleen Cahill (for her work at the Library of Congress as an advocate for genre fiction and as the library’s representative to the ALA)
- James Gunn (for his work with AboutSF)
- Susan Straub (for her work as the creator and director of the Read to Me program, the goal of which is, in part, to “stimulate the imagination”)
Expanding Our Vocabulary
In recognition of writers whose fiction or nonfiction exposes readers to new words and, often, new ideas…
- John Clute
- Hal Duncan
- Catherynne M. Valente
In recognition of those who work to bring writers from other literary traditions and countries to the attention of readers in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia…
- Charles Tan (for Bibliophile Stalker and various ad hoc efforts)
- Lavie Tidhar (for internet advocacy and for editing The Apex Book of World SF)
- James and Kathy Morrow (for editing The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent and continuing advocacy efforts)
There will also be a Special Achievement Award which is “geared toward recognizing individuals who are proactive behind the scenes but whose efforts often don’t receive public recognition.” There is no short list for this award. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony.
Talking of which, the awards will be presented at the launch party for the Last Drink Bird Head charity anthology (benefits to ProLiteracy) at World Fantasy Con (where Jeff and Ann are amongst the Guests of Honor). The party is open to convention members only, but SFAW will be there and will report live as the winners are announced.