March 19, 2013

Shalom Auslander: How to give an acceptance speech


“I’m as surprised as many of you are, I’m sure, that Hilary Mantel didn’t win, since she seems to win everything — either her or Junot Diaz,” says Shalom Auslander in his video acceptance speech for winning the Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize for his novel Hope: A Tragedy. “But thanks for nothing to all of you.”

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.