I just breakfasted next to a Newbery committee member who was feeding and bolting to her 8am meeting. They met all day yesterday, and will again all day today, and by the end (“10pm” is often wishful thinking on Saturday) may have a winner. Sunday, if they’re on schedule, is for preparing press releases and staggering around in dazes… if they’re brave, maybe sitting in on the Notable Children’s Books discussion where we try to read their faces, and if not, perhaps to bed. They’ll be up early early Monday to be photographed and call their winners, even before we all assemble for the press conference.
So here’s to the committee and their Saturday: it’ll be intense, the hardest work in a hard working year still ahead, but over soon. And, here’s proof, they’re fortified.