My esteemed competitors are Michael Salinger and Karen Sandstrom, both of whom I've known for years.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Sept. 11 at the Palace Theater, which is one of my favorite places in Cleveland and everyone should go there whenever possible whatever the reason, even if it is to watch an awards program involving the unlikely likes of me.
Tickets to the Lantern Awards are available here.
Karen, Michael and I will be discussing all of this puffery on "Around Noon" next Tuesday, Sept. 7, at noon. You can listen to that (for free!) by tuning into 90.3 FM locally, listening online to the live stream via the previous link, or dropping in there after the fact and downloading the podcast.
If all this O'Brien-inity has you overwhelmed with the unbearable lightness of being, why not keep the sails full and sign up for the 27th Annual Western Reserve Writers' Conference and Workshop, at which both Michael and I will be presenting along with a bevy of wonderful Cleveland writers. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 25.
I'd love to see you at one or both of these events. Thank you for your continued support.
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