Wednesday, December 20, 2006

What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?

Join us at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) as we begin another season of the ADULT ENRICHMENT SERIES, innovative and fun programs exclusively for adults. The first offering, described below, should appeal to book lovers.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007, 6:30 p.m.
"What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years?"
A dialogue inspired by the New York Times Book Review article, May 21, 2006. Discuss your favorite book of the last quarter-century with our panelists: Barbara Ching, University of Memphis; Corey Mesler, Burke’s Book Store; Lolly Easley, book club member, Leonard Gill, Memphis Flyer; and Judy Drescher, Director of Libraries, Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

$10 per person.

The backstory: In early 2006, the editor of the New York Times Book Review, "Sam Tanenhaus, sent out a short letter to a couple of hundred prominent writers, critics, editors and other literary sages, asking them to please identify 'the single best work of American fiction published in the last 25 years.'"

Here is a summary of the results. Do you agree with their choices?

The winner:

BELOVED by Toni Morrison (1987)

The runners-up:

UNDERWORLD by Don DeLillo (1997)

BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy (1985)

Rabbit Angstrom: The Four Novels by John Updike (1995): RABBIT AT REST (1990); RABBIT IS RICH (1981); RABBIT REDUX (1971); RABBIT, RUN (1960)

AMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth (1997)

Bring your favorite book from the last 25 years to the panel discussion on Tuesday, January 9 and let's compare books.

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