Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Bainbridge author wins 2011 ‘Bad Sex’ writing award

David Guterson won the prestigious PEN/Faulkner fiction award in 1995 for his debut novel “Snow Falling on Cedars.”

For his latest novel, Guterson won the not-quite-as-lofty Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award.

Earning an award for bad sex writing didn’t surprise Guterson. The book is, after all, a retelling of Oedipus Rex, in which the the protagonist is fated to marry his mother.

“Oedipus practically invented bad sex, so I’m not in the least bit surprised,” Guterson said in a statement.

The award was announced this week at a gala event in London.

The scene from “Ed King” that made judges squirm the most describes the book’s title character making love to his mom.

“It describes a night of abandon that concludes with a soapy shower interlude and finishes this way: ‘Then they rinsed, dried, dressed, and went to an expensive restaurant for lunch,’ the Associated Press reported.

Literary heavyweights Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and John Updike have also earned the “Bad Sex” writing award.

Here’s the story from my interview with Guterson about “Ed King.” Don’t worry, I kept the conversation zeroed in on respectable topics (like coke dealing and prostitution).

Island preschoolers help replant Meigs Park

Here’s Tad Sooter’s story about Island Cooperative Preschool’s effort to plant 50 fir trees at Meigs Park. The school is in the process of earning “Eco School” status from the National Wildlife Federation.

Bainbridge preschoolers replant island park
By Tad Sooter

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – A few years from now the freshly planted Douglas fir seedlings at Meigs Park will be the size of Christmas trees. The children who planted them, meanwhile, will still be in elementary school.

Bundled up in fuzzy hats and rubber boots, students from Island Cooperative Preschool planted 50 firs at the park Nov. 19, with the help of their parents and tree specialist Jim Trainer.

The children were performing a community service by replanting a clearing recently stripped of invasive Scotch broom. But this was more than a work party. Parents and teachers also hope activities like the tree planting will help the children build an appreciation of the environment at a young age.

“It’s really important to get kids out and doing something real in nature, so they’ll grow up to be stewards of the earth,” teacher Ellen Carleson said.

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