NYC Literary Honors
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the first ever NYC Literary Honors last night in a ceremony at Gracie Mansion; CMA client Paul Auster was selected as the honoree for fiction. The six honorees were chosen by the mayor from a pool of finalists nominated by New York City librarians and educators. The awards have been launched to “honor great living authors and scholars who have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement, and for whom New York has been a central inspiration.” The other honorees were Robert Caro for nonfiction, Walter Dean Myers for children’s literature, Marie Ponsot for poetry, Roz Chast for humor, and Robert Silvers for literary life. The first group of “literary legends” was also named in readings by Stockard Channing; the group includes such notable New York writers as Henry James, Edith Wharton, Herman Melville, and Langston Hughes.
In other news, Auster’s forthcoming memoir Winter Journal earned a coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly this week. The review described the book as “quietly moving” and summed it up thus: “This is the exquisitely wrought catalogue of a man’s history through his body, a body that has felt pain and pleasure because ‘[the] body always knows what the mind doesn’t know.'” Winter Journal, an unconventional memoir and a highly personal meditation on the body, time, and memory, will be released by Henry Holt in August.