Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Die Welt Wil Wir Sie Kannten (aka Life As We Knew It) Wins The Buxtehuder Bullen Award!



This is a great honor and I am so thrilled I can't even describe how thrilled I am. Here's some basic information about this wonderful award.

See that bull up above? That's the award winning statue, inspired by Ferdinand The Bull. My brother (who's been helping me through all this German information)says it weighs 12 and a half kilos, and my mother, who is thoroughly enjoying the entire process (she said, among many other things, "I had to wait 100 years for this," and is now demanding one half of all the congratulations) wants to know if I'll need a bigger apartment to hold it.

The awards ceremony is part of a 40th anniversary celebration of the award, and it's going to be sometime in early September. My mother's extremely big 100 is also in early September, but my mother has already told me if there's a conflict in dates, of course I should go to Buxtehude, but I should tell them that only an honor such as this one would make me miss my mother's birthday.

Of course, I'll have to say it in German, but I'll worry about that in September.

The Buxtehuder Bullen Award gets a lot of publicity in Germany, which my brother discovered through clever googling. The articles are pretty much the same, but they have different headings (I admit to a partiality to the ones with Susan Beth Pfeffer in the headline), but this one is currently my favorite because it shows both the jury that picked LAWKI and the pretty picture of the tree and oops me too that Marci took.

I admit I've been way too excited to get any work done, since finding out yesterday afternoon about the award (they called me all the way from Buxtehude, which is 30 kilometers from Hamburg).

The end of the world is simply going to have to wait. Winning the Buxtehuder Bullen Award takes precedence!

20 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

Wow, that's excellent. I can't imagine a better trophy.

Nora Durbin said...

Ausgezeichnet!*
*Which means "excellent" in German. One of those words that has stuck with me from my high school German classes.

Becky said...

Congratulations! That's great news!!!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Mr. Cavin and Nora Durbin and Becky-

It's wonderful to be able to share good news with all of you (even though I now have to give my mother 1/2 of all congratulations!

Janet said...

WOW!!!!! WOW!!!!!

One for you, one for your mother. This is VERY impressive!

Janet

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Janet and thank you thank you (one from me and one from my mother)!

YOURYOUNGESTBIGGESTFAN said...

Concrats that's a really big deal u deserve it!

Wanda Vaughn said...

Congratulations to you and your mom. Maybe you should take her with you to Germany. :)

Doin' the happy dance for ya!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Youryoungestbiggestfan and Wanda Vaughn-

At this point it's a challenge to get my mother to go to the dining room. I don't think she or I could handle a trip to Germany!

Begins With M said...

Congratulations! What an amazing honor~~!

<3 ~ Amanda Leigh

tigerlily* said...

Congratulations Susan! That really is a wonderful honor. Have you ever been to Germany before? That will be a wonderful trip if you never have...

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello and thank you to Begins With M and tigerlily*-

I've never been to Germany except to take a train ride through it, and my recollection is that was mostly at night.

My father went to Germany quite a few decades ago and thought it was a beautiful country.

I look forward to finding out for myself!

Joe said...

Great job! I love reading all of your books! In fact, I finished the world that we live in last night. (in one sitting, just like the back cover said:)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thanks Joe!

Morgaine said...

Congrats! That is fantastic for you! Hopefully the dates will line up and you can attend both the award ceremony and your mother's birthday since they are both once in a lifetime events!

The trophy is excellent too!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thank you Morgaine.

It is a great looking trophy, and I'm eager to see what it will look like once I get it home.

The whole event should be quite exciting. My mother is now demanding (in her own adorable undemanding way) video so she can see it from the comfort of her living room!

Anonymous said...

100th birthday trumps bull.

And you won't have to go through airport security.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Happy Fourth Of July Anonymous-

It looks like the awards celebration will be in October, so I'll get to have my (mother's) cake and eat it too!

Anonymous said...

That's a relief.

I look at that Bull, and think, "Maltese Falcon."

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Anonymous-

I'm relieved too (although now I have to figure out the whens and wheres of my mother's birthday party).

Bulls, falcons, birthdays. They're all the stuff that dreams are made of!