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I threw The Jungle Book and The Wind in the Willows in my basket at Target, thinking them perfect stories for my young nephew. Sure, they’re adaptations (Bendon Junior Classics)—they’re also paperback (cheaper to send overseas) and a dollar, so what do I have to lose? Still, I wasn’t quite convinced of their goodness; then I read the Note to the Reader–
It touches on the characters and their story, how they’re well-known and pass the test of time; it acknowledges the fact that this particular version has been shortened and is easier to read (but you simply must read the original, at one point or another); and it assures us they’ve kept the author’s style, and remained true to the heart of the tale.
Then it ends, with this:
Literature is terrific fun! It encourages you to think. It helps you dream. It is full of heroes and villains, suspense and humor, adventure and wonder, and new ideas. It introduces you to writers who reach out across time to say: ‘Do you want to hear a story I wrote?’
Of course, it is our answer that binds the likes of us bookish sorts.
Why yes, we most certainly do.
With that, here are a few other bookish bits from the week . . .
The winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards . . .
Speaking of literary awards, McSweeney’s has opened submissions for their first ever Student Short Story Contest (and by ‘student’ they mean undergraduate or graduate).
On the Los Angeles Review of Books, Brooke Obie interviews Tiphanie Yanique, regarding her first novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which . . . ‘is so much more than a treatise on identity politics. It is a love letter to the Virgin Islands, both the land and the spirit of the place.‘
Anna Caltabiano self-published her first book at the age of 14. She explains how she did it — good advice for any writer, no matter the age.
We said goodbye to author Louise Shivers. She published her first book, Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail at the age of 53. Even then, it wasn’t intentional. She submitted her story to a contest, in hopes of winning the $50 prize. That was all. But one of the judges, novelist Mary Gordon, passed it along to her agent; the agent passed it along to Random House; Random House ‘passed it along’ to us, and we received it with great excitement. Until the success of that book, none of Shiver’s friends believed she was a serious writer. “I’d tell them, ‘I really am a writer . . . Still, most of the people I was around said, ‘Well, it must be a cookbook or a romance.’ ” So, for those of you experiencing the same, let her life be an inspiration . . .