Since I am willing to accept the Nobel, the Booker, the Pulitzer and theGiller, I am also willing to accept those lesser awards spread across the writing universe. Bring 'em on. The more the merrier. I am worth it.
I also appreciate the bit o' bite which can sometimes be encouraged by those artists who, shall we say, widen the boundaries of the awards themselves. Whether sniping at a sponsor, or casting aspersions upon other nominees, or debating the parentage of the judges, it does add a pinch of spice. And if the discord happens to be witty, well - pass the popcorn.
However, out of all this, the fact seems to be lost that it is the "book" which wins or loses, and not the ink-stained wretch. [DE]
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Authoring a rejection of acceptance-speech cliché
Shalom Auslander tore up the etiquette book as he picked up a literary prize earlier this week. But he's not the first writer to go off-script ...
by Lindesay Irvine
The judges can hardly have been surprised by a YouTube acceptance speech glinting with ill grace, after awarding the Wingate Jewish Quarterly prize to Shalom Auslander for Hope: A Tragedy. Anything milder wouldn't really have been in keeping with the author of a comic novel about the discovery of an ancient-but-still-living Anne Frank in a prosperous small US town. After opening with his surprise that Hilary Mantel didn't win it ("she seems to win everything else") he goes on to express his unease about winning a Jewish prize before winding up with a series of "thanks for nothings".
But what is an author to do when the awards so richly deserved actually appear?