Best Non-Required Reading 2008: Something Rotten!

>> Friday, November 14, 2008

Team Bonzai member Tennessee Tanuki and fellow storysmith Jordan Sonnenblick both wrote to alert me that Something Rotten appears in this year's Best American Non-Required Reading! Library Journal says, "This great volume highlights the very best of this year's fiction, nonfiction, alternative comics, screenplays, blogs, and more. Compiled by Dave Eggers and students of his San Francisco writing center, it is thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking reading."

There's no long excerpt from Something Rotten featured, but it is included on one of the many "Best" lists in the "Best American Front Section" of the book: "Best American Last Sentences of Books of 2007." Right there between William Gibson and David Hajdu, is this entry:

ALAN GRATZ, Something Rotten
"You never do get used to the smell."


The "San Francisco writing center" that Dave Eggers founded is 826 Valencia, by the way, which is well worth a visit, virtual or otherwise, because 826 Valencia is also San Fransico's only independent pirate supply store.

Oh, and just a reminder: the first line and last lines of Something Rotten--and all the lines in between--can still be read for FREE online here through the end of this month.


Niki,  November 14, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

I was just getting ready to e-mail you about that because I was just thumbing through my copy of that very book.

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