"I don't deserve this award. I don't think it was really given to me. It was given to all of you ... the ones who get up and write every day without the awards. The ones who read each other's manuscripts and clap for each other," Blair said. "On the other hand I'm going to take it home ... and when I die I'm going to clutch it in my hands to see if I can still grab it on the morning of the first resurrection."
Card, who writes a weekly column for Mormon Times and is a nationally recognized author of speculative fiction, was unable to attend the event, but provided appreciative remarks that were read at the event. He wrote, "A lifetime achievement award can be so ambiguous. Is this a subtle way of telling me my life's work is over and it's OK to stop now?"
The Whitney Awards were named for early Mormon apostle Orson F. Whitney.
"One of the whole goals of the Whitney Awards was to show that ... LDS books are just as good as what you can find in the national market," Wells said.
For Wells and other attendees at the event, this year's winners are the proof.
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