Sunday, January 16, 2011
NYRB Contest Winner. . .
Thanks to everyone who entered my NYRB contest - it was a lot of fun seeing which books on their fabulous spring list people were most interested in reading. I wish I could have rewarded you all, but there can only be one winner. So congratulations to Natalie F.
Just for fun, I compiled all your votes for the books you most wanted to read. Every single book on the spring list got multiple votes which just goes to show how astute an editorial eye NYRB has - they really do publish books for every reading taste. The backlist requests covered numerous titles, but the one most often requested was Richard Burton's The Anatomy of Melancholy, which is also one of their biggest books (not sure if there is a correlation). The top three most anticipated books from the spring list were:
#3. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, translated by Donald Rayfield
A new translation of this great Russian classic.
#2.The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach
A fascinating true story about three paranoid schizophrenics who all believed they were Christ and were brought together to live for two years to argue and debate amongst themselves
the #1 favourite was . . .
Fair Play by Tove Jansson, translated by Thomas Teal
The story of two women, both artists who live, work, love, and argue from opposite sides of a large apartment building. Jansson is one of my favourite NYRB authors - no one is better at writing about complicated women's relationships.