Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The best writer you've never read.

A quick post before the whole stinking thing comes to a complete halt. Congratulations to Percival Everett for winning the 2010 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award for I am Not Sidney Poitier. Ok, no, it isn't the most well known award in the universe but it does shine a light on the best novelist you've never read. Percival Everett is a master stylist with a deep and profound ability to write fiction in any style. He has done a western, a postmodern gobbledy-goo novel, a satire, short stories, poetry, as well as a great baseball novel among many, many other things. Hell, instead of just getting the same old shit at the bookstore, spend some of your hard earned money on a writer who, I promise, will become one of your all time favorites. Plus, for those of you looking for writer with super indie cred, he has pretty much shied away from major publishing house choosing to publish with houses like Graywolf and Beacon. That's something, right? Do it. Or at least go get one of his novels from the library you cheap bastards...then buy something once you fall in love.

"If Percival Everett isn't already a household name, it's because people are more interested in politics than truth."-Madison Smartt Bell

Congratulations, Percival...you deserve this award and more!

Works:
  • Suder (1983)
  • Walk Me to the Distance (1985)
  • Cutting Lisa (1986)
  • The Weather and Women Treat Me Fair: Stories (1987)
  • For Her Dark Skin (1990)
  • Zulus (1990)
  • The One That Got Away (1992)
  • God's Country: A Novel (1994)
  • Big Picture: Stories (1996)
  • Watershed (1996)
  • Frenzy (1997)
  • Glyph: A Novel (1999)
  • Erasure: A Novel (2001)
  • Grand Canyon, Inc. (2001)
  • American Desert: A Novel (2004)
  • Damned If I Do: Stories (2004)
  • A History of the African-American people (proposed) by Strom Thurmond, as told to Percival Everett and James Kincaid (with James Kincaid) (2004)
  • Wounded: A Novel (2005)
  • The Water Cure (2007)
  • I am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel (2009)

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