Great movie, but that’s not what today’s blog post is referring to… no siree, Bob!
Who the heck is Bob? Never mind. Back to the headline… Believe it or not, my humble historical manuscript, THE SECOND MOURNING, has just won its 7th book award of the year! Yes siree, Bob, it’s true! (This guy Bob is starting to get on my nerves.) Anyway, here’s the Press Release that went out yesterday…..
(Associated Press, December 19, 2015)
“Margaret Brown, National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Member, has announced the six FINALISTS of the 2015 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition. Stephen G. Yanoff, author of THE SECOND MOURNING, has been chosen as one of the finalists from an entrant list of over 2,000 writers, many of them established professional authors. Yanoff’s highly acclaimed book has now won 7 major literary awards, making history in the publishing world.”
I won’t bore you with the entire press release, but if you would like to read a full length article about me and the book, simply go to: Shelf Unbound Literary Magazine. (December/January 2015 Issue) You will find a flattering article (no, I didn’t write it!) by going to: http://www.shelfmediagroup.com
So, what else is new? Well, last night was the gala event of the year down here in lovely Austin… The Third Annual Festivus For-the-best-of-us Dinner, hosted by the wonderful and generous Barbara and Max Talbott. Once again, the affair was held at the historic Austin Club, which began life in 1878 as the Millet Opera House. Do you folks know that I used to sing professionally? Well, they asked me to sing solo. (so low that nobody could hear me!) Others thought I should sing tenor. (ten or twelve miles down the road!) Anyways it was another great evening, complete with champagne, wine, wonderful food, and great company. (I am blowing a big kiss to the “Terrific Talbotts!”)
Poor Mother Teresa. Did you see what the Pope wants to do to her? He wants to shoot her out of a cannon! No joke, they intend to canonize the poor woman. I heard the Pope say that she was a great gal, but no saint. Well, that’s about to change. I assume you folks know that Mother Teresa cared for the leopards of Calcutta? I knew there were tigers in India, but leopards, too? I have a great deal of respect for Mother Teresa, but I think my wife should have been chosen. (A lot of people have told me that my wife MUST be a saint!)
In case you’re planning on burglarizing my house, I would like to confirm that my next book tour will be in the sunny Caribbean, and I will be gone for 3 weeks. (If you do decide to break in, please feed the pit bulls. But NOT the alligators.) My semi-honest publicist, Blind Lemon Lefkowitz, has booked a lovely suite for me on one of the Oceania Cruise Ships. I will be sending daily updates on my pending incarceration, so stay tuned. (I may need you to send bail money.)
Well, lest I run off and forget, allow me to wish you a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thanks to you, I have had a marvelous year in the wonderful world of books, and I am most appreciative. If I could, I would hug each and every one of my 23,000 blog followers! Seriously, you folks are the best! God bless each and every one of you, and we shall chat again in the New Year! Until then, be safe and be happy…..
Love to all,
And a very Merry Christmas to you and family. Just remember ” The Reason for The Season”, and a “Happy New Year”