I just got back from protesting the National Book Awards in New York-- demonstrating that this blog goes farther than any other in giving you direct reportage of literary fiascos and scandals. Due to miscommunications and short notice I did this protest solo-- but did share info with other protestors who were there, great people from a group attacking the 9-11 report.
As prop I had with me one of Philly's famous "flying bird hats" (M.P. take note); an attention-getter hard to top.
I plan to write by Friday a full report on this event, which you won't want to miss. Among the highlights: being escorted out of the hotel by security; confiscation and dismantling of protest signs by New York City cops; arrogance and panic among the fatcats when confronted with picketing, signs, flyers, camera flashes, and one flying bird hat-- all set amid the riotous spectacle that is the city of New York.
I took a couple dozen photographs, but fear many will be blurred, as most of those great believers in dialogue inhabiting the publishing world were running away when the photos were snapped! I can't wait until they're developed.