|Catriona, Margie and Me|
Brad Parks was Toastmaster. I sat at his table, and joked with him that his father was a wonderful host. Brad had to save his voice for a long evening.
People really clean up nicely for an awards banquet, beginning with the Toastmaster.
And, check out his warm-up poses to prepare for the evening, taken from a TED talk.
He even led the crowd in "Happy Birthday" to Jen Forbus, who works on his website. Many of you know Jen from her terrific site, Jen's Book Thoughts.
After his trademark songs, and his poses, Brad turned to introducing the Guests of Honor for Left Coast Crime, beginning with the Fan Guest of Honor, Sue Trowbridge. The U.S. Guest of Honor was author Cara Black.
|Cara Black and Brad Parks|
The International Guest of Honor was Louise Penny.
And, the Lifetime Achievement Honerees were Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini.
From there, it was time to bring in former Toastmasters to present the awards.
|Two toastmasters, Alan Russell and Brad Parks|
|William Kent Krueger|
Alan Russell announced that William Kent Krueger won the Squid Award for best mystery novel set within the United States for his book, Ordinary Grace.
Louise Penny won for How the Light Gets In.
And, the final award of the evening, appropriately enough, went to our Toastmaster, Brad Parks. He won the Lefty for the most humorous mystery for The Good Cop.
It was a fun evening, filled with song, humor, wonderful mystery authors, ending in a party in the bar. (Don't all mystery conferences end in the bar?)