Foer on Writing, Prizes for Literature, Abani Reads, Promoting Books, Arnott on Writing Too

April 19, 2006

Foer on Writing
“The idea of enjoying writing something is foreign to me. I enjoy having written things Someone once said that writing is like pulling teeth…out of your penis. How do I put this? I love being a writer, but I don't love writing. An analogy might be, right now, I love having a kid, but man, oh man—it's so hard…When I write, I don't find it enjoyable page-by-page, but I'm really glad that it's what I do,” says Jonathan Safran Foer in a interview with Dave Weich. Foer didn't like writing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, nor his first Everything Is Illuminated.

Pulitzers Awarded and More Prizes
The following received
Pulitzer Prizes for books published: Geraldine Brooks for her novel March, David Oshinsky for Polio: An American Story, Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin for American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Claudia Emerson for her collection of poetry Late Wife, and Caroline Elkins for Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Brtain's Gulag in Kenya. They each received $10,000.

The poetry publishing houses Tupelo Press has given its annual Dorset Prize for poetry to Davis McCombs for Dismal Rock. Read some of his work at <>.

Richard Wilbur won the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The New York Times reported that Poetry Editor Christian Wiman said: “If you had to put all your oney on one living poet whose work will be read in a hundred years, Richard Wilbur would be a good bet.” Wilbur also won tow Pulitzers, a National Book Award, and the Bollingen Translation Prize.

Abani Reading in Brooklyn
Aaron Zimmerman of the NY Writers Coalition recently finished reading
Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani who also wrote Graceland. Zimmerman love the “beautifully written” novel and wants to remind people to hear Abani read at the Barnes & Noble store at 267 7th Ave. this Friday (April 21) at 7:30. The coalition has also redesigned its Web site (

Promoting Books on Cell Phones Even Though Industry Is Growing
Simon & Schuster has joined the fray with Random House and HarperCollins. Each house is attempting to market books with cell phones, primarily subscription services that users theoretically will pay. Why would another individual—even 18-34 year olds with good eyesight and the primary audience—want to read an excerpt on a cell-phone screen? Why not promote excerpts on-line?
Read more.

What would Stephen Riggio, CEO of Barnes & Noble, think of such an idea. It might seem strange to a man who manages 799 stores that permit individuals to walk around and review books before buying them. He noted recently in the New York Times: “Reports of the book industry's demise have been greatly exaggerated over the last 20 years. And they've been unsupported by any sound research. The fact is the industry has never had a single year of sales decline. It's a stable business and it's resilient in the face of competition for peole's time from TV, Internet, and video games.”

Writers about Writing
Novelist Jake Arnott tells Helen Brown why the 1970s were more about anger and rebellion than space hoppers and Abba in the
London Telegraph.


One Response to “Foer on Writing, Prizes for Literature, Abani Reads, Promoting Books, Arnott on Writing Too”

  1. St Antonym Says:

    Please remove the apostrophe from your “Pulitzer’s awarded.”


    “Foer didn’t like writing Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, nor his first Everything Is Illuminated.”

    Just as well, considering all the people who didn’t like reading them.

    Nice pages. I’ll have more substantive comments.

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