|Ann Patchett (right), Karen Hayes at their book store.|
"Unfortunately, the world of literature lacks the scandal, hype and pretty dresses that draw people to the Academy Awards, which, by the way, is not an institution devoted to choosing the best movie every year as much as it is an institution designed to get people excited about going to the movies. The Pulitzer Prize is our best chance as writers and readers and booksellers to celebrate fiction. This was the year we all lost."
--Novelist and bookstore owner Ann Patchett on this year's lack of a Pulitzer Prize for fiction (here)