As I write these words my Library is soon to host Maze Runner novelist James Dashner. I will live blog this special evening event, except the live blogging will, as per this blog's tradition, be done on post it notes, and transcribed to the blog only after it's all old news. Why do I do it this way? Because I believe news is like cheese.
Still, James Dashner at our Library! Not only is there the glossiest poster I have ever seen in my Library, announcing this very event, and not only are they making a genuine movie out of his book, but, word in the literary community is that he finished a close second to Alice Munro for this years Nobel Prize for literature. Not many people thought he had a chance, but those literature lovers were looking in the wrong place. They were looking at literary quality and stature, and yet the place to look, for any prize, is at who the people are on the voting committee, or, in this case, who are the 18 members of The Swedish Academy. Those of us with loads of Swedish connections were aware that there are seven new members of The Swedish Academy and five of them, yes, five of them, are under 16 years of age. There are two 13 year old boys, a 15 year old boy and girl, and one six year old boy, which explains to a lot of people how Mo Willems got a vote this year. Well, out of the mouths of babes, because Mo Willems, author of the Elephant and Piggie books, would have been a superb Nobel Prize Laureate. But I suppose if the Swedes themselves couldn't be bothered to give Astrid Lindgren the Nobel Prize for Literature it's hardly happening for Mo Willems. Well, Dr. Seuss never won a Caldecott, and Meryl Streep has yet to win an academy award.
My point? Well, I don't have one. It was a fishing trip for greatness that went horribly awry.