In Book Club on July 30, 2012 at 4:55 pm
Not really, but reading fast! So fast!
The Blue Light Project is the latest book by Timothy Taylor, the Vancouver-based author who wrote Stanley Park.
(photo taken from arts.nationalpost.com)
I will tell you nothing about the book except for this:
I will do a review once I’m done, but I’ll probably just post another Youtube video of parkour.
Timothy Taylor was previously nominated for the Giller Prize for Stanley Park so I will take this as an opportunity to tell you that as you were busy reading and thinking about my blog posts from a few weeks ago about how I am doing two self-made, self-entertaining challenges where I read a Pulitzer prize-winning book from each decade and also a Governor’s General prize-winning book from each decade, I changed my mind.
I am doing the Pulitzer thing, because I want to read some American classics I haven’t read, but I am a lot more interested in modern Canadian authors. So I am going to choose from the past ten years of Giller-prize nominees (not necessarily winners) one book from 2001 until now.
First up: Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje.
Check out an excellently written review of my first Pulitzer book, The Age of Innocence, and then also a series of poorly-written book reviews I recorded in a journal of mine that is on paper not blog.
Anyway, I have to go sit in a hammock and read this thing.
In Book Club on July 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm
No, I’m not trying to win the Pulitzer (in Fiction) but I am going to do a self-prompted challenge in homage to the fact that the Pulitzer did not award a Fiction prize for 2012. I’m not going to try and say I care a lot about the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, because I wasn’t really bothered by it one way or the other until now. Now people are irate and I am going to do a challenge.
(I don’t know if people are irate. One of the three jury members who had to read 300 books is a little irate, but also sort of apologetic about the whole thing.)
The Pulitzer Prize gold medal award (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The details of the situation aren’t all revealed, but it seems that the panel who picks the winning books was not impressed enough by the three books presented as a shortlist to pick one as their Pulitzer winner.
I just think this is so sad. Never mind not being one of the 300 books of 2012 presented to the jury, imagine being one of the three best books of the year and then making a panel of people decide for the first time in history that your three books suck so much they’re actually going to protest and not give an award.
I don’t know that this is how it went, but this how I would feel, as an author of one of those books. Maybe for a few minutes, then I’d be like, remember when I was just writing blog posts?
I feel that I haven’t given the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction enough attention until now. Congratulations, Pulitzer, if that’s why you were pulling this move. You did it.
So I am going to read one Pulitzer Prize winning book from each decade. Then I am going to read the three books that made it onto the shortlist this year. I will choose my own book from each decade unless you feel so inclined to comment below and reccomend for me a title. I’m just going to skip the 1910’s because if I didn’t I would never even start this challenge. I will post regular updates that are like, I hate the 30s!
Anyone want to join me?
Entries from this point on include the finalists listed after the winner for each year.
(list taken from Wikipedia)