Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Champions, My Friend

I saw that the finalists for the National Book Award were announced today, via GalleyCat (a blog by Ron Hogan who is, among other things, a stunningly awesome headline writer).

Despite what I say about being moderately hopeless, there is a small ice cube in my little glass-half-empty heart that truly believes that it’s in the realm of possibility that Practically Perfect would be on the list. I mean, I’m almost certain that the National Book Award committee doesn’t rely on writers stumbling around on the internet to get informed that they’ve been shortlisted. But not 100 percent.

In other news: I’m a dork.

While I was there, I noticed that there is a category called “Young People’s Literature.” Which seems kind of quaint. I’ve heard of “young adult” or “children’s”—but “young people”?

I don’t know about that for the book club, Dot. That’s seems like young people’s literature. The kind they read when they’re listening to the rock and rock and playing on the world wide web.

I don't know. Maybe it's just me.


Tracy said...

The thing that's sweet about "young people" as a phrase is that it implies that someone, the National Book Award people maybe, have hope that these young people will somehow grow into being just plain people, as in the adult variety.

In our juvenile society, this happens less and less, so it's kind of quaint someone still thinks it's possible on a societal basis. Probably only happens anymore to people (young or otherwise) who read hardcover books.

As for PPIEW's chances, I am no expert but I do watch the awards lists from year to year enough to know whoever "they" is, is not interested in funny, which of course PPIEW is in abundance. Non-fiction is for serious (in this category try to include a long biography not many people have read or wish to read). Poetry is for serious, although wry sometimes sneaks in. Fiction, funny maybe. And Young People is for...young people.

Got all that?

Libby said...

In fact, "young people" is for both "children" and "young adults," confusing enough categories to begin with. And does that mean all the other categories are "old people"'s literature? Because, um, well anyway.

Stephany said...

I had exactly the same reaction to that term...