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Introducing Jess!

[Editor’s note: You guys!  New person!  It is my pleasure to introduce you to Jess D., who will be writing stuff on this here blog. J Dizzle, as her friends don’t call her, has much better credentials for this thing than me.  She studied English Literature at the BEST UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA and is now doing an editing and publishing degree at the same place.  Furthermore, FURTHERMORE, she also worked as Senior Text Buyer at the Melbourne University Bookshop (you guys did you know it’s the best university in Australia?) before that place was privatised, and hopefully she’ll be doing that again soon when they hire some staff!  Look, what I’m saying is we’re happy to have her and read the words that she writes with her hands (presumably). xoxo Steven]

Hello Hello.

I, Jessica, former employee of rival bookstore, Melbourne University Bookshop (RIP), will be a guest blogger on this delightful store’s blog.

To begin: WHY IS THERE NO PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION???

Thank-you Steven H. for addressing this issue already.

My first real blog, beyond this one, will be a delightful debate starter.

Which is better literary buffs, the Pulitzer Fiction prize (RIP) or the Booker fiction prize?

I was schooled on this matter a number of years ago by a colleague who claimed every fiction book he’d ever read that was either a winner of the Big P, or a Long/Short list entrant was immediately added to his own personal favourites list. The same, could not be said for the Booker.

So my quest for this blog begins today:

I am currently reading Julian Barnes’ The Sense of Ending, and will compare my reading enjoyment with A Visit From the Goon Squad to indeed inform readers whether the Pulitzers’ Fiction prize disappearance will severely affect our reading pleasure or not.

Stay tuned and goodnight.

Kisses.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE PULITZER PRIZEWINNER FOR FICTION

In a MASSIVE coup for Sunflower Bookshop, I, Steven Helfenbaum, am delighted to present to you the first ever interview with this year’s Pulitzer prize winner for fiction.

Steven: First, may I just say what an honour it is to meet you in the flesh.  I’ve been reading your books for, god, years now and I am very excited to hear about your first Pulitzer win after 35 years!

No one:

Steven: Ha!  Ok, let’s get down to the interview.  How did you feel when you learned that you, rather than any of the literally hundreds of very deserving authors who released books last year, were announced as the winner of this year’s prize?

No one:

Steven: Mm, quite.  This isn’t the first time you’ve won the prize, but lately you’ve been a bit under the radar.  Do you think this will be a boost to your career?

No one:

Steven: Ah yes.  Would you say indeed, that it has been a boost for literature as a whole, and for reading?

No one:

Steven: How would you say your win reflects on the judging process, and do you think that there’s a particular reason that your win occurred this year?

No one:

Steven: What I particularly liked about your book were the deep insights into the arbitrary and unthinking nature of certain book prizes and those who judge them.  When did that become aware to you?

No one:

Steven: And now of course, I should ask you the questions my coworker and I developed in a bygone chat.  What book do you wish you’d written?

No one:

Steven: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

No one:

Steven: What book changed your life and how?

No one:

Steven: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

No one:

Steven: Franzen or Kanye?
WAIT WAIT
In a fist fight.

No one:

Steven: Oh.  Um.  That’s actually pretty racist.  Well thank you for coming in today.  Ladies and gentlemen, the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

GET IT?

(See also this and this)

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