Sunday, June 26, 2011

International Anita Brookner Day

July 16, 2011

My Porch and Simon Saviidge Reads are hosting the International Anita Brookner Day.  They Write:

Thirty years ago next month, Anita Brookner had her first novel, the aptly titled A Start in Life (or The Debut in the U.S.) published at the tender age of 53. An art historian by profession and author of works of nonfiction, she has managed to produce an additional 23 novels since that first one. So in 30 years Brookner wrote 24 novels, that's 0.8 books per year including the 1984 Booker-winning Hotel du Lac. In my humble opinion each one is brilliant in its own quiet, often depressing way.

The Plan
On July 16th (Brookner's 83rd birthday) we will be hosting International Anita Brookner Day. Expect prizes.

The Intent
Our hope is to get more people to pick up at least one of her 24 novels and give it a try. We know some of you have already read some Brookner, but it seems like there are many more of you out there who have always meant to read something by her and just haven't. Well now is the time. Brookner may not be for everyone, but you have to find that out for yourself.

The Ask
No big commitment. Just read at least one Anita Brookner novel between now and July 16th.

To participate, go to the International Anita Brookner Day.