It’s Noble (Not Nobel!) time again.
not that they don’t choose exquisite writing that
elucidates the essential, immutable quality of the spirit.
It’s that they choose only one, that they are
rarely women and, although, the United States of America
certainly should not have a stranglehold on the prize,
they frequently bypass Americans. That means that they
miss many authors that are pertinent to American readers
and, to top it off, they certainly never consider really
magazine once reported that Sara Nelson ran a reader
marathon. She read nearly “around the clock for
almost a year” and came up with enough (52) to
write So Many Books, So Little time: A Year of Passionate
Reading. I love that. Trouble is, if I tried to do that
I wouldn’t have time to write my SharingwithWriters
newsletter much less work on both my next and book of
this year my search for fine literary voices that sing
a song with their stories and their words, authors who
make the world a better place by examining the human
condition. I still will not ignore older books or even
well-known works but I want to include—always—authors
that the laureates and major editors of the world know
nothing or very little about.
with a nod to the Author Sara Nelson’s determination,
here is my list—nowhere near 52. Still each of
them is Noble—if not Nobel material.
Noble List of 2013 Winners for 2014 Reading:
These are numbered for ease of reading but are
in no particular order.
Dan Hurwitz, for Homage to Luxemben: Adventures
on a Utopian Planet who shows us how well
sci-fi can lend itself to exploring the human
condition and deeper meaning and lessons in life.ISBN
2. The Other Side of the
Ice by Sprague available as a book or documentary.
See the video at vimeo.com.
The power of writing and retribution explored
in memoir—both written and film.
Jewel Shapiro for Kaylee's Ghost, a novel
based on a true life relationship—grandmother
Meeks for Blood Drama; A literary author's
foray into genre fiction turns into a cross genre
that will impress.
Brasch for Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting
with Disaster. Ignoring the similar-sounding
word to "fracking," which at first appears
to disdain much that it "literary,"
this—a nonfiction book—still qualifies
for the Noble because politics can sometimes be
what life is made of.
Bob Rich for Ascending Spiral: Humanity’s
Last Chance ISBN 781615991860 Published by
MarvelousSpirit Press. Dr. Pip Lipkin has lived
for 12,000 years, incarnated many times, but he’s
here for a reason: To pay restitution by saving
humanity from certain destruction. An example
of how fine genre fiction can transcend to philosophy
Jewel Michelle Kats for her DitzAbled Princess:
A Comical Diary Inspired by Real Life. Reinventing
her life as a comic strip, a writer and self-confessed
fashionista, fearlessly exposes how people with
disabilities love and live their lives. Persepolis
may have been the first graphic novel to transcend
the barrier into meaningful, adult reading but
DitzAble proves it will not be the last.
Wally Lamb for We Are Water for sympathetic
drawing of imperfect characters including a child
abuser and a pedophile. ISBN: 9780061941023
To Joyce Faulkner for Windshift. The
introduction made my cry—for the fight women
had, for the fight women still face. The prologue
to this novel was so charged with memories of
the struggle we women have had, I cried.
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Tips and Tidbits
(Each month in this box,
Carolyn lists a Tidbit that will help authors
write or promote better. She will also include
a Tip to help readers find a treasure among long-neglected
books or a sapphire among the newly-published.)
for Carolyn's Writers Tips next month
Tip for Readers' Tip:
or Carolyn's Readers' Tips next month
nominate a book that fits within the parameters listed
in this year's Noble Back to Literature column. Explain
in 25 word or less why your nomination is a work of
literary merit and sent directly to me.
Nominations must be signed with your real name, e-mail
address and a URL if you have one. Email