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The Beach Book Festival Awards Ceremony
at Algonquin Hotel, New York
June 5, 2009

Beyond the Cold: An American’s Warm Portrait of Norway received first prize in the Autobiography/Biography category of The Beach Book Festival, spotlighting the hottest reads of the upcoming summer season. The awards ceremony was held at the prestigious and famous Algonquin Hotel, where the Algonquin Circle of writers, critics, playwrights, actors and actresses met in the first part of the 20th centurry. Below are some scenes from the hotel.

Bruce Haring, managing director of JM Northern Media LLC,
sponsor of the competition, presents Michael
with his award.
The lobby of the Algonquin Hotel.
Grandfather clock in Algonquin lobby.
Lighting on old wood pole in Algonquin lobby.
Among displays of old photographs and shelves
of books by Alogonquin Circle writers, was this old bell
from the receptionist desk.
Old style pipes. Postcard in the back is a replica
of a famous painting of the memnber of the Circle.
Dorothy Parker was also known for her humorous witicisms. This one was on display: “A liberal is a man who leaves the room when the fight starts.”
The times are a changin’: amidst a display of old artifacts is an offer to rent a Kindle e-reader from the front desk.

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