It's Pulitzer Prize time, and we've been on the edge of our collective seat waiting to hear which of the many great books out there would rise to the top and win this prestigious award. Thankfully, the wait is over — and for a limited time, all five prize winners are 30% off!
And get a load of this: Tinkers, this year's fiction winner, was featured in volume eight of Powell's Indiespensable subscription club. Do we know how to pick 'em, or what? Okay, we'll stop tooting our own horn (for now). Here, without further ado, are the 2010 winners:
Fiction: Tinkers by Paul Harding (Bellevue Literary Press)
A while back, we asked readers to share their fairy tales by posting a comment that finished the phrase, "Once upon a time..."
In exchange, we'd choose one winner to receive a gorgeous signed and numbered lithograph from beloved artist Camille Rose Garcia (whose most recent book is the Powells.com bestseller Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) — and five runners-up who would receive a tote bag with Garcia's Alice design on the front.
The response was greater than we could have imagined — 149 fairy tales to choose from!
Thanks to everyone who entered for taking us on a magical journey. Alas, only one entry can win, and here it is:
Frustrated with life, teaching, and the inability to become a writer, Matt Love escaped Portland in 1997 at 33 years of age and moved to the Oregon Coast. A year later he became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. During his decade (1998–2008) as caretaker, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian who established Nestucca Spit Press and eventually won the 2009 Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award from Oregon Literary Arts.
Gimme Refuge is his passionate, 177-page account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian. The book also includes 17 original illustrations by Cindy Popp.
We're thrilled about the book, which you can order here. The following excerpt (with photos) is from 1998, when Matt visits the refuge for the first time.
Sorry, everyone. Unfortunately, it's been almost a month since J. Wood's last post, and his promised follow-ups have yet to arrive. We've emailed him twice, with no word. (We just hope his health is still good.)
In the meantime, we felt it would be a crime to just ignore the amazing little community that has cropped up around the Lost posts .
Frankly, for most of us on this end, the comments are just as insightful as the posts themselves!
So, we wanted to give our Lost fans a chance to interact with each other on our blog — to share their thoughts and interpretations of each episode in this final season.
And we'll leave a light on, just in case J. manages to join us.
Powell's customers, you've truly outdone yourselves. We asked for the best book you read last decade and were humbled by your overwhelming response. And, may we say, what good taste you have! (Ahem. Check out the number one pick from our employees.)
To celebrate, we're discounting the top 10 customer and employee picks — save 30% on new copies through the end of February.
Powell's found the book my third grade teacher had read to the class, I'd been looking for it for years.
Powell's found my lost five year old between two rows of erotica, I'd been looking for her frantically.
Powell's found the perfect first edition to give to that little girl when she graduated college.
Powell's found me a book on cancer that gave me comfort when the nights were long and I was scared.
Powell's found a loyal customer and member of its family when I wandered in there on a visit to Portland years and years ago.
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