Also, congratulations to my friend Rebecca Kirkland, who has been honored with a commendation from the county of Los Angeles in recognition of her dedicated service to its citizens, and in particular for her work in providing opportunities for disadvantaged children to attend live performances in the arts. Well done, Rebecca!
In other news...
* Those of you who know of my professional interest in and personal love for Tolkien-inspired music appreciate the fact that I greedily consume everything from Argentinian folk music to German metal in the name of Middle-earth. I was pleased to find this article recently on Strange Horizons: "Elven Lays and Power Chords: Chaos, Revelry, and Community in Tolkien-Themed Heavy Metal."
* The Audio Publishers Association has announced the nominees for the 2009 Audie Awards for excellence in audiobooks. Here are some of the nominations in particular that made me happy:
Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien, Narrated by Michael Hornden and a full cast, BBC Audiobooks America
"Children's Titles for Ages 8-12" and "Thriller/Suspense"
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by Neil Gaiman, HarperAudio
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed, Narrated by Karen White, Tantor Media
"Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction" and "Multi-Voice Performance"
A Word of Promise: Next Generation-New Testament, Narrated by Sean Astin and a full cast, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
"Solo Narration - Male"
Timothy Dalton, Narrator of The Silver Swan by Benjamin Black, Macmillan Audio
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen, Narrated by Christopher Lane, Brilliance Audio
The doom of the Noldor drew near.
The words of a banished king:
"I swear revenge!"
- from "Nightfall," Blind Guardian