Sally Sparrow

Announcing the 2017 ABTA Book of the Year Award

The ABTA convention Awards banquet is a wrap for another year. It was a particularly exciting one for me, as a Master Point Press book won this year’s ABTA Book of the Year award for best Beginner/intermediate book. 

First, check out the amazing decorations for the night, all planned and executed by Barbara Seagram. Her team transformed the pub at the Strathcona Hotel into a bridge-themed fancy dining room. The food was amazing and the staff incredible. Here are some photos of the decor:

By far the best part of the evening for me was when we were able to surprise author Bill Treble with the news that he’d won this year’s ABTA Book of the Year award for his book, Defending at Bridge: A first course. He had driven to Toronto from Winnipeg, just arriving this afternoon, to play in the NABC. With some help from his wife Sue, we had convinced him to come a day early and to attend the banquet and meet some of the teachers. He and Sue are teachers themselves. His friend Michael Leighton, also a bridge teacher, had driven up with him, and Sue had to stay behind in Winnipeg to run the games Bill was missing.

When the award was announced, the look on Bill’s face was priceless. I was sitting right beside him, so of course I took a photo.


He was happy to accept his plaque and though mostly speechless, he thanked the committee, Sue and Mike.

The event was followed by great food and a wonderful panel of teachers and experts, moderated by John Rayner, and including Haig Tchamitch, Andy Stark, Barbara Seagram and Bob Morris. A wonderful end to a special night. 

Here’s the cover of the winning book, look for it in bookstores!


Marlene PontifexJuly 21st, 2017 at 2:10 pm

Congrats, Bill! A well-deserved award!

S. Gail ArnottJuly 21st, 2017 at 2:38 pm

Wow so proud of you Bill. I love surprises. So I can imagine you were happy also. Such an honour. Ron and I are proud to be your friend.
But will still get you at the Mexican Trains table.

Jan BaileyJuly 22nd, 2017 at 2:47 am

Congratulations, Bill. Well deserved!

Judy Kay-WolffJuly 22nd, 2017 at 1:05 pm

Heartwarming tale of surprise and success for Bill .. and such clever and original decorations by Barbara . especially what looked like a table setting!

Trudy CooperJuly 26th, 2017 at 9:52 pm

congratulations Bill, , not surprising you won the award,its a terrific book.
a must for bridge enthusiasts

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