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Well I'm 40 deep in the press pool at perhaps the planet's premier book event. The food is good and I have a clear shot to the stage. So I can't complain. ...well actually I can, but I'll do that latter ;-)

 

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Calvin Reid, from Publishers Weekly was in the press pool with me. 

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Nikky Finney Announces winner for Poetry: Mary Szybist. Her book is INCARNADINE

Her speech was poetic (she was prepared) smart. Video coming

 

I have an interesting conversation with Nikky after the affair.  I told her, as everyone else has how great her acceptance speech was in 2011.  She told me the main thing she wanted to do was not use the words "Thank You" -- that was too easy (see acceptance speech here).  And she wanted to pay homeage to our ancestors.

 

We also recognized how the poets give the best acceptance speeches.

 

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There were 407 submissions for the Fiction category. It was announced many were not very good.

The "business of giving literary awards leaves out books that are equally deserving"

Again, I like Rachel and James is my brother.... the winner is James McBride!

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