Long-listed books for 2020 National Book Awards, the recovery of lost languages and other important things in the world’s oldest library, and Dappled Things editors build Châteaux in the air.
Katy Carl, Dappled Things Editor-in-Chief, recommended this link to a New Yorker article on the top ten contenders (the long list) for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. If you have don’t have access to the New Yorker, you can go to the source, “The ten contenders for the National Book Award for Fiction” at the National Book Foundation website. On October 6, the foundation will reveal the five finalists.
Associate Editor, Josh Nadeau, recommended this link with the comment, “Librarian monks for the win.”
At POCKET WORTHY at the Smithsonian Magazine, Brigit Katz writes about a remarkable collection of ancient texts preserved, and sometimes erased and then written over, by monks at isolated Saint Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai in Egypt and about the work being done to uncover the original texts. The monastery is the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the world, and it is also known as the “Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai.” On the grounds is a living bush believed to be the actual “burning bush” from which God talked to Moses. The monastery houses the oldest library in the world.
Among the newly revealed texts, which date from the 4th to the 12th century, are 108 pages of previously unknown Greek poems and the oldest-known recipe attributed to the Greek physician Hippocrates.
“But perhaps the most intriguing finds are the manuscripts written in obscure languages that fell out of use many centuries ago.”
An initial link from Dappled Things Fiction Editor Natalie Morrill to an episode in the “Doing It Ourselves” vlog series—which is about an English family buying and restoring an old French château—led to a lot of wishful daydreaming by other editors and contributors about how great it be would to buy a Dappled Things Château.