“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. To celebrate the award and the others being given out this spring, we’d like you to create your own book award, and write about it on your Red Room blog.
This week, please think of a creative, unique “award” you’d like to give a book published in 2012 and post a blog entry about it. “Book I Wish I’d Written and I Resent the Author for it,” “Book That If Everyone Read It Would Change the World for the Better” or “Most Effective Literary Pretention Used to Hide Lack of Plot”? We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
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Joyce Jenkins and her colleagues run a precious local institution. Red Room is proud to support them, and we hope you will, too. You can donate to PoetryFlash here; also, nominees have been chosen in part by readers suggested by Red Room editors. If you’d like to be a reader for next year’s awards, please write to us and we’ll connect you with Joyce. And attend the awards ceremony at the public library—it’s free.
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(North Korea) is an unverifiable place. But to the fiction writer, the myth, the legend, the fables are all powerful tools to create a psychological portrait.”
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