Today we gave out free copies of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz for World Book Night. Consider the love of literature spread!
We are very excited to present our first guest speaker: Steve Woodward, Assistant Editor for Graywolf Press. Graywolf is an independent, non-profit publisher based out of St. Paul, Minnesota. The conversation will be in Bolton 280 at 8:00 tomorrow, Tuesday April 24. We are sure it will be an exciting and informative evening. RSVP on Facebook and we look forward to seeing you there!
The Pulitzer Prize board has decided that no one made the cut in fiction this year, provoking much ire. The nominated novels were Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (Knopf), and The Pale King by David Foster Wallace (Little, Brown). I haven’t actually read these yet (although my bets would be on Denis Johnson, whom I dearly love–no offense, DFW, I’m sure The Pale King is great, but it’s also, you know, unfinished.) And, I mean, I’m just the lowly editor for this blog; it’s not really my place to say whether or not this decision makes sense. It does seem rather surprising, though. What do you think?
Here’s some info on the award winners this year.