Thanks for rebooting this! We loved Mary’s speech, too. You can watch it, in fact, here.
A Toast to Mary Szybist
Congratulations to Mary Szybist on her National Book Award for Incarnadine: Poems. An incredible poet, caring teacher, and one of the best coffee dates you could ever have, Mary’s speech during last night’s ceremony epitomizes the grace that can be found in all of her work.
“There’s plenty that poetry cannot do, but the miracle of course, is how much it can do, is how much it does do.”
From issue 53, Portland/Brooklyn, here is one of our favorite of Mary’s poems.
Not the most flattering photo of any of us — but the only one I have. Me, Young People’s Literature Award-winner Cynthia Kadohata, and fellow judge, Lisa VonDrasek, at the National Book Awards this year. That thing that looks like a giant piece of cinnamon in Kadohata’s hand is the award itself.
There is plenty that poetry cannot do, but the miracle, of course, is how much it can do. — Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine, Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry
EL: If your book could go on a cross country road trip with another book, what book would that be, and why?
JMc: Any book would do. Books are like family. They are all related. There is connective tissue everywhere in storytelling. —
Love this interview between Edan and James McBride. I began reading The Good Lord Bird on Thursday with a certain sense of obligation (there is nothing like being sure someone will ask you about a book to make you annoyed about reading it) and finished it on Friday full of astonishment, sad and hopeful.
It absolutely deserves the prize, and any other ones folks want to hand it in addition, both in the sense that it is a fabulous, raucous, wrenching book, and in the sense that it is a wholly American one as well. The money quote from this year’s NBA ceremony seems to be Dr. Angelou’s assertion that “easy reading is damn hard writing,” and if this is so, McBride must have squeezed blood from untold stones to write this book. It flies by on wings and Onion’s voice echoes behind it. What a marvelous, marvelous read.(via bookavore)
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
Find out what Anthony Marra’s giving here.
National Book Award Winners, Etc. -
A few of our favorite winners and finalists…
With a tone as wiry and impulsive as synapses in the brain, Saunders doesn’t just convey, describe or copy/paste his stories onto paper but, like a drug, succeeds in altering our state of mind and showing why it’s rarely too late to act…
There is connective tissue everywhere in storytelling. —
— James McBride (via National Book Foundation)
Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. Read McBride’s interview here.
(Source: blackballoonpublishing, via moth-stories)