It’s that time of year when the world makes lists: best-of, top-this, best-that. In the tradition of fostering reflection, the Stonecoast Faculty Blog has come up with our own end-of-year list, our Literary Moments of 2012 (in no particular order). Have some literary moments of your own? We’d love to read them—just leave them in the comments below.
No Pulitzer Awarded for Fiction
Pencils dropped last April when the Pulitzer judges did not award a prize for fiction. The Pulitzer judges have withheld an award for fiction 11 times, the last time being in 1977. Three finalists were identified for the 2012 prize: Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, and The Pale King by David Foster Wallace.”The three books were fully considered, but in the end, none mustered the mandatory majority for granting a prize, so no prize was awarded,” said Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in an Los Angeles Times article. The event sparked snarky commentary on the Twitter-verse. Said Glen Weldon, NPR writer and author of the forthcoming Superman: The Unauthorized Biography, on his Twitter account, “PULITZER BOARD TO NOVELISTS: ‘MEH.’”
The Death of Nora Ephron
Described as “one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers” in The New York Times, the literary community was saddened in June by the passing of Nora Ephron, age 71. Arguably the authority on romantic comedies, Ephron brought us Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally, and You’ve Got Mail as well as poignant essays in her books I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections, I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman, Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media, The Boston Photographs, Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women, and Wallflower at the Orgy.
Philip Roth Retires
Reports surfaced in early November that Philip Roth had given an interview to a French publication called Les Inrocks saying that he was retiring. “ ‘To tell you the truth, I’m done,’ Roth told the magazine, in the most definitive statement he has ever made about his future plans. ‘Nemesis’ will be my last book.’” (Salon.com) The news was met with mixed reactions within the literary community, some patting him on the back for a full career while others insinuated it was time for him to put his pen down.
Stonecoast Faculty Member Tim Seibles Named National Book Award Finalist
A little closer to home, we were proud to celebrate poetry faculty member Tim Seibles, whose book Fast Animal was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award for poetry. Amy Gerstler, Editor of Best American Poetry said of Seibles’ work,“[Seibles] writes with a lucidity of heart and head and soul about all subjects he gets his hands on. His poems are vivid and succinct and have an east and a grace and wholeness about them…”
Check out this video of Tim Seibles at the awards ceremony, courtesy of Etruscan Press and Robert Carioscia.
A Blog Is Born
Of course, we were excited this year about the inception of this very blog! Since our first post in September, we’ve enjoyed dynamic posts from a variety of our poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and popular fiction faculty. We’ve also enjoyed all the comments from our new followers.
Happy holidays from all of us at the Stonecoast Faculty Blog and we look forward to blogging with you in the new year!
Ashley Johnson F ’12 and Stacy Thompson F/CNF ’12
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