Woodsburner Awarded the First Novel Prize
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
The Center for Fiction announced that John Pipkin is to be awarded the 2009 First Novel Prize for his novel, Woodsburner. The annual prize includes a $10,000 cash award and was presented at The Center for Fiction’s Annual Benefit and Awards Dinner in New York City on Nov. 9, Booktrade reports.
I keep seeing this book pop up, and I continually remind myself to purchase it. I’m a huge fan of transcendentalist writings, and while Thoreau isn’t at the top of my list, this book sounds promising. Fundamentally, it’s a fictionalized account of a true story in which Thoreau accidently starts a conflagration, scorching hundreds of acres.
In an interview with Amazon, Pipkin continually asserted that Thoreau may have been driven to create his magnum opus “by his remorse over having brought about the destruction of the very thing he so loved”. An in-depth look into such a pivotal event, one that has not been well documented or analyzed, is a breath of fresh air.
I’m excited to pick it up today.
God Save the Books,
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