The NBCC winner is…

William Rycroft, also known as Will, who did enter twice within one minute, but have the same books on both entries — try as I can to find a way to turn this into a tie without a winner, I can’t.  Everyone, including William, wasted two books with A Mercy and Netherland, neither of which made the shortlist.  William had the smarts to go for two “edgy” books, 2666 and The Lazarus Project, which gave him the victory.   Congratultions and I’ll be in touch about the prize.

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16 Responses to “The NBCC winner is…”

  1. Isabel Says:

    Ok, I didn’t win because I read your announcement too late, but I am happy that you FINALLY have a blog.

    You asked me a question (on Mookse’s blog) about which Latin American author speaks to me and I am still mulling the question.

    I will blog about it soon on my site.

    Keep an eye out for it!

  2. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Thanks for dropping in and I promise I will watch for your answer with interest. Kevin

  3. dovegreyreader Says:

    Congrats to Will! I failed to enter because I am just so out of the loop about US publishing, even though I know this a worldwide in English contest (am I right about that?) I didn’t even know Elizabeth Strout had a new book out, I’d have been onto that one in a flash.

  4. KevinfromCanada Says:

    DGR: Since you know about Elizabeth Strout, have you an opinion on Jayne Anne Phllips? She has a new book out (Lark and Termite that has blurbs from Alice Munro, Tim O’Brien and Junot Diaz — which is about as good a blurb lineup as you can get. From trolling around, I see she has written three previous novels and I know none of them. I would be most interested in an informed opnion.

  5. dovegreyreader Says:

    Drat, there goes my blog-cred, never knowingly heard of her :-)

  6. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Me either, alas — there goes my cred too. She is at Rutgers, which is in Trevor’s neighborhood and he has promised to try to track her down. Stay tuned.

  7. Sheila o'Brien Says:

    KevinFromCanada:
    I love your blog, and am very impressed that you got an endorsement from Marcel Proust on your home page.. Not easy to do, obviously.

  8. Trevor Berrett Says:

    Kevin, some news on tracking down Jayne Anne Phillips: no luck so far. I sent her an email because she’s on sabbatical this term (to promote her book, I presume), and I have not heard from her. So I’m not sure if she thought my contact was presumptuous and importunate or if she just hasn’t got my email yet. It’s also possible that she has received my email and means in good faith to respond but is so busy she just hasn’t gotten to it yet. I’ll wait a bit and then maybe try to contact her through her publisher or agent rather than through her university.

  9. Trevor Berrett Says:

    By the way, love the Proust endorsement.

  10. Stewart Says:

    …am very impressed that you got an endorsement from Marcel Proust

    Hey, it doesn’t say Marcel, just M. It’s probably Mickey Proust, from down the road. :-)

  11. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Quite right, Stewart. Mickey Proust, author of A la cherche du temps trouve, Vol. I-VI; AuthorQuote, U.S., 2008. Available by mail order. Very good spot.

  12. Trevor Berrett Says:

    New development with Jayne Anne Phillips. She has responded and said, “Sure,” I should feel free to email her once I read the book (which I told her I would do before attempting an interview). I don’t know when this is going to happen, but hopefully soon.

    Thanks for bringing this matter to my attention, Kevin.

  13. KevinfromCanada Says:

    Great, Trevor — thanks for following up. I look forward to both your review and the interview.

  14. William Rycroft Says:

    Just to let you know Kevin that I have finally got around to spending some of my ill-gotten gains and the first KFC-sponsored review is now available to peruse at Just William’s Luck

  15. KevinfromCanada Says:

    I just finished reading your post. Glad you enjoyed Lahiri. And a new contest — pick the IMPAC winner — will be up in a couple of weeks.

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