As a best-selling independent author who loves everything about book publishing, as a producer presently engaged on a show about storytelling, as a lover of books, as a librophiliac, and as the founding director of the I CARE Foundation that rescues or protects children from international abduction, I am thrilled to see that under the leadership of the Harold Augenbraum of the National Book Foundation, there appears to be a sincere effort to change the perception that the publishing industry as a whole is stale, not progressive and that writers really do not matter.
Well I say hogwash to that!!
Indeed, the spirit of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Dorothy Parker, and Ernest Hemingway live inside all of us.
Books do matter!
So come this Wednesday, the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner not only gets to celebrate the world of writers - something Hollywood does extraordinarily well - but it gets to raise the bar and remind the world that the first real stars that pushed society were the world's writers. In truth, that has not changed.
I am looking forward to attending the NBA Ceremony and Benefit Dinner this week, along with attending several of the ongoing events that are taking place during the week. And I am particularly interested in hearing what Faith Salie, the evening's Master of Ceremonies has to say.
Nevertheless, I give a standing ovation to the NBF for their efforts to put back a little glitz and glamor into the world of publishing.
Well, I have to get ready - I am having lunch with Dorothy Parker - or should I say "Dorothy Parker's ghost?'
One last thing - the National Book Foundation suffered losses and displacement due to Hurricane Sandy. Should you have the ability of helping this important institution, please do.
Best to all,
Peter Thomas Senese