Progress Report 1 for Potlatch 18
is now available
One of the traditions of Potlatch, started at the SF\Bay Area ones, is to select a Book of Honor each year rather than a Guest of Honor. The Potlatch 18 committee, unable to make itself exclude either of two fine BoH candidates, decided to celebrate two Books of Honor
, this year: Mike Ford's GROWING UP WEIGHTLESS and Ursula Le Guin's ALWAYS COMING HOME.
The first thought the committee had about this is that those two novels are as radically different from each other as any two books can be. But upon discovering we were deadlocked in trying to choose between them, I came up with the observation that maybe they do have something in common. Both novels show the life situation and problems of a rebel who is uncomfortable with, and alienated from, the mainstream of his/her society. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in panel discussions as a result of this two-BoH experiment.
You can be there, too
, if you're also curious to find out.