Do you know about those programs in which an entire community or campus or freshman class is encouraged to all read the same book? I just learned that How We Live Now has been shortlisted for one of those programs in Michigan. I haven’t been told which one. I also don’t know how long the shortlist is, so I don’t know what my chances actually are like. I should find out if anything comes of this by around the end of Nov.
Like they say at the awards shows, it is an honor just to be nominated. When the celebrities say that, they are blowing smoke. For me, it actually is a thrill. (Other people who have been selected in the past by this group include Dave Eggers, Sara Gruen, John Lewis, Jane Smiley, Stacy Schiff, Jacquelyn Mitchard, and Ayelet Waldman.) The sponsoring group is Books In Common.