Hey! I’m in the top ten at Publisher’s Weekly! (Hat tip, Dave Lull)

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Okay, okay.  I think it’s kind of something.  At the very least, it’s not nothing.  My book is famous.  Sort of.

Yesterday, Publisher’s Weekly named An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz one of the top ten books for the spring, in the “Belles Lettres and Reflections” category.

That’s me.  Belle-lettrist.  That is how I shall think of myself from now on.

Go ahead.  Look.  It’s here.  Scroll halfway down the long page.  Then you’ll find it:


A gigantic figure in 20th-century poetry, Czeslaw Milosz, is remembered in a series of portraits collected by Cynthia L. Haven in An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz, from Swallow Press. Together, the essays show the breadth of the Polish poet’s fascinating life in poetry and politics.

(I put it in boldfaced red so you won’t miss it.)

Here’s the whole list.  It’s halfway down that, too:

The Quotable Hitchens: From Alcohol to Zionism
Christopher Hitchens. Da Capo, May.

The Inevitable: Contemporary Writers Confront Death
Edited by David Shields and Bradford Morrow. Norton, Feb.

Otherwise Known as the Human Condition
Geoff Dyer. Graywolf, Mar.

At Home: What It Means and Why It Matters
Mary Gordon. Sterling, Apr.

An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz

Cynthia L. Haven. Swallow Press, Apr.

Elizabeth Bishop and The New Yorker: The Complete Correspondence
Joelle Biele, Elizabeth Bishop. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Feb.

A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet
Eavan Boland. Norton, Apr.

Beautiful & Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry
David Orr. HarperCollins, Mar.

The Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life
Harold Bloom. Yale, Apr.

In Search of Civilization: Remaking a Tarnished Idea

John Armstrong. Graywolf, Mar.

(Did you catch the boldfaced red, this time?)

Altogether not a bad thing.  I’m kind of a big deal.


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4 Responses to “Hey! I’m in the top ten at Publisher’s Weekly! (Hat tip, Dave Lull)”

  1. Elena Danielson Says:

    I am not at all surprised: Great subject, great author, great writer/editor/belle-lettrist….

  2. Roseanne Sullivan Says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved …

  3. Jeff Sypeck Says:

    Hey–congrats! Well done.

  4. Drew Byrne Says:

    Well, what can we say about the person whom I have not heard of…I know: we’ll can him “Anonymous”.

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