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Book News for Thursday, May 10, 2007

  • One Hundred Thousand Lyrical Smackeroos: The 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize has been awarded to Lucille Clifton for being "a powerful presence and voice in American poetry."

    Presented every year by the Poetry Foundation, the prize offers a whopping $100,000 — or, more than any one million poets earn in their lifetime put together.

  • July, July: Radar Online has an interview with the fabulous ex-Portlander Miranda July, whose book of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, arrives later this month.

    A) Do you think you'll be most remembered as the woman who wrote "pooping back and forth, forever?" and B) Why do you think that resonated with people the way it did?
    If that's what happens, that's a pretty good thing. It's so specific. Some newspaper here, there was a plug for the performance and it said: "Beware, she might have more )) <> (( up her sleeve!" I was like, God, do people really know what that is? That they could do that and not translate it—

    The )) <> (( T-shirts sold out!
    If the sexuality of a 6-year-old could be something we can acknowledge exists, that would be a really great achievement — in a way, the best achievement of the movie. That space is so fraught — child sexuality. If it can be okay, and even funny or warm... After I wrote that, I remember thinking, This needs a symbol like Coke has a symbol. It needs this thing so that people can consume it. I remember telling a friend that this is like the Nike swoosh, but it's back and forth, pooping back and forth forever. And she's like: I will be really impressed if that happens.

  • Harry Potter Owns You: I really wish I had more for you, Dear Reader, but it's a very slow news day in the book world. Perhaps everyone is experiencing sunshine like we are in Portland and they're all outside, running and playing and forgetting they aren't six years old like I wish I were doing now.

    But here's something: J. K. Rowling is really, really, super bad-ass rich. Have a nice day!

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

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One Response to "Book News for Thursday, May 10, 2007"

    Dave May 10th, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Yo, Brockman! -- check the production schedule.

    Dear readers, look for our own interview with Miranda July here at on May 30.

    Her new book is amazing. You don't read short stories? Fine. Make an exception. I read an advance copy on a trip to New York, and just about every day I found myself emailing passages to friends back home. Which says at least a couple things, only one of them being that I have no life outside of books.

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