The Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1915 will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6 PM in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library’s Central Library. Please save the date! We are in the process of finalizing books and presenters; please check back here for the contenders in this lighthearted debate.
The Annual Meeting and Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1914
Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6 pm
Abbey Room, Boston Public Library
Following a brief Annual Meeting, the Associates of the Boston Public Library held its Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition to weigh the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1914. Contenders for the prize were James Joyce’s Dubliners, John Reed’s Insurgent Mexico, and Elinore Pruitt Stewart’s Letters of a Woman Homesteader. The books were defended by Anna Mundow, long time correspondent for the Irish Times; H.D.S. Greenway, author of Foreign Correspondent; and Erica Funkhouser, author of eight volumes of poetry and professor of creative writing at MIT. The irreverent debate was moderated by Christopher Lydon, host of "Open Source" on WBUR. The audience voted to determine the winner of the Book Award of 1914…. and the winner was Letters of a Woman Homesteader.
This lighthearted event was held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 6 PM in the Abbey Room of the Boston Public Library’s Central Library in Copley Square, and was followed by a reception with the panelists.
The host of WBUR’s Radio Open Source - "an American conversation with global attitude, on the arts, humanities, and global affairs".
Speaking for the Candidates:
Originally from Ireland, Mundow is a long time correspondent to The Irish Times, and book critic for The Boston Globe. She has written for The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among other publications.
Greenway is the author of Foreign Correspondent, a recently published memoir of his 50 years in the front lines of journalism as a correspondent for Time Life, the Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He also earned a Bronze Star from the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard.
Funkhouser is the author of five books of poetry, including her most recent title, Earthly. She teaches the Introductory and Advanced Poetry Writing Workshops at MIT, is a former Literary Light, and the recipient of the 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.