There’s a lot to discuss this week, so without further ado…
The Booksellers At Laurelwood and Bookseller Bistro will be holding a Fundraiser April 20th through April 22nd. The proceeds will aid Project Green Fork, a group of Memphis restauranteurs who work to achieve an environmentally sustainable business model. Many of my favorite eateries- Sekisui, Huey’s, Central BBQ and Lady Bugg Bakery- are PGF restaurants. The 43 local restaurants who meet membership requirements in PGF have thus far recycled 920,000 gallons of plastic, glass and aluminum and over 100,000 gallons of food waste.
It won’t cost you anything extra to support this effort. Just come into Booksellers on April 20th, 21st or 22nd and tell us you want to support Project Green Fork. Booksellers At Laurelwood will provide you with a voucher which will allow 20% of your purchase to go towards Project Green Fork. If you dine in the Bistro, just present your voucher to your server, and 10% of your check will benefit PGF. Debbie and her exceptional staff are working to make Bookseller Bistro part of Project Green Fork. Help PGF, and you help yourself.
Now. As most of you know, today’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction went to…NO ONE!!! The three finalists were Train Dreams, a novella by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell and Pale King by the late, great David Foster Wallace. Opinions are flying fast and furious as to why no one was nominated, what this means to literature and how one should respond to this massive example of indecision, so naturally, I could not wait to weigh in on the matter.
- If I were Johnson or Russell, I’d be cussing at small animals. It’s not too difficult to imagine Foster-Wallace laughing hysterically from some strange corner of eternity. Can you imagine thinking,” I almost won the Pulitzer Prize!”? However…
- Lack of a decision leads to a simple answer: read all 3!!! Make your own choice. I haven’t read Swamplandia or Pale King. I will make a point of moving these to books up on my must-read list. Since the Pulitzer committee couldn’t make a decision, I’ll trust my own judgement as to which I like the best.
- Everybody’s talking about books right now. It doesn’t get any better than that.