“I don’t deserve this award. But I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.” –Jack Benny
After the Pulitzer committee’s failure to award a prize for fiction in 2012, Stanford writing professor Adam Johnson was awarded the 2013 prize for his novel of North Korea, The Orphan Master’s Son. Johnson, along with several other Red Room authors, was nominated for a Northern California Book Award, as well. Congratulation to Ashely Wolff and Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler, who tied for Best Children's Book for Baby Bear Sees Blue and "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" respectively. To celebrate the awards and the others being given out this spring, we asked Red Roomers to create their own book award, and write about it on their Red Room blog.
A few posts stood out:
- A hilarious array of made-up authors and books characterize member Len Boswell's "The 2012 SHOULDA-COULDA-WOULDA AWARDS."
- In her short post, "The Buried Manuscript Award," member Doris Collier encourages writers who have been sitting on manuscripts to let them out into the world.
- Member Catherine Nagle takes the opportunity to praise her fellow Red Roomer Harrison Solow's 2011 book that recognizes and appreciates the traditions of English literature, Felicity & Barbara Pym. Her post, "If I Had the Opportunity to be the CEO of the Royal Book Awards," conveys her enthusiasm so effectively that one can't help want to read the book.
These bloggers will receive books by Northern California Book Award nominees:
"In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account—All The Wrong Questions—that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This—'Who Could That Be at This Hour'— is the first volume."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Kluger calls Lucille Lang Day's Married at Fourteen "the absorbing memoir of a young woman who struggles to find storybook romance and a purpose in life beyond it—and, against cruel odds, succeeds."
In 1914, the flamboyant, influential writer Guillaume Apollinaire swapped the high life of avant-garde Paris for the mud and desolation of war in the trenches. Beverley Bie Brahic's new translations in this bilingual edition of The Little Auto comprise mostly poems written during the war but also contain some of Apollinaire's pre-war work.
I hope you'll read all of the entries in this creative challenge, and leave comments on your favorites. All of Red Room's past blog topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room