old is new again

cookies – Nominees for the 26th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were announced Thursday, and the newspaper’s Robert Kirsch Award went to Joan Didion

mixed mediaJohn Fante’s 1939 novel Ask the Dust resurfaces as a film reviewed in todays NY Times.

March 10 1926 – the First Book-of-the-Month Club selection is published by Viking Press. Lolly Willowes, or The Loving Huntsman, by English novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes, a story about a widow who scandalizes her relations by moving to a town involved in witchcraft. The Book-of-the-Month Club’s 4,000-plus members were not pleased with the novel. However, Warner was used to being controversial. As an openly gay woman in the early 1900s, she was the object of much hostility throughout her life.

march 11th events

FL: Florida Antiquarain Book Fair
CT: Ephemera 26 Int’l. Fair & Conference
CA Mariposa Storytelling Festival
OK Oklahoma Book Awards Ceremony
IL Storytelling at the Prairie Center
DC Further Transactions of the Book
IRE P-CON III

bank toaster – the New Yorker offers us a free short story called the Trench by by Erri De Luca, as well as their normal complement of non-fiction items.

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