The event I most enjoyed at Arisia this year was the awards ceremony for The Carl Brandon Society, mostly because of the awesome readings from the awesome winning books. You can check out their blog here.
Arisia convention chair Crystal Huff arranged for an official certificate from the city of Boston to be presented to the Society, here represented by Nisi Shawl and Victor Raymond.
Winner of the 2008 Parallax Aware, Vandana Singh. You can buy her novella Distances from Aqueduct Press.
Winner of the 2008 Kindred Award, Tananarive Due. Her winning short story “Ghost Summer” is from a compilation titled The Ancestors that also features stories by L.A. Banks and Brandon Massey. Excerpt here.
The winners of the 2009 awards were not able to attend, but here’s some information about them and their books:
Liar by Justine Larbalestier, a YA novel, won the Kindred Award. It also won the the Davitt Award for best Young Adult Crime Novel 2010, The WA Premier’s Literary Award, Young Adult Prize 2009, and The Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Christina Stead Award 2009 (best novel of the year regardless of genre).