If you’re looking for fun holiday events for you and the kids, try visiting the Swedish Cottage in Central Park. They present professional marionette shows year-round. Now playing is ‘Yeti, Set, Snow!’ The quaint cottage appears transported straight from the Alps. The cozy theater is laid out with benches for general seating. Be sure to make a reservation because these shows sell out.
This was a very disappointing book. I love all titles about Paris, and this is the first that I could not get into. It’s written by Liam Callahan, and is the story of Leah, whose husband Robert has left her and her two daughters. He’s a writer who has left for many chunks of time before, but never for this long. And he left no note: he would always leave a note in the past. Leah is convinced he’s dead, when she happens to find a clue in his cereal that he has booked three tickets to Paris for them. The novel is written in first person, and spends a great deal of time in Leah’s head. It took 66 pages to get them to Paris, and I just gave up. Just my two cents…
The National Book Award winners have been announced. The winners are as follows: Fiction: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez;
Non-fiction: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffery C. Stewart
Poetry: Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed
Translated Literature: The Emissary by Yoko Tawada, translated by Margaret Mitsutani
Young Adult Literature: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
A list of finalists can be found here.