In time for Christmas gifting, the NY Times has named its ten best books of 2011. Five fiction, five non-fiction.
Of the five fiction, two are by Ithacans: "Ten Thousand Saints", by Eleanor Henderson, and "The Tiger's Wife", by Tea Obreht.
Both books are debut novels.
Ms. Henderson teaches at Ithaca College. Ms. Obreht lives in Ithaca after taking a graduate degree in creative writing at Cornell in 2009.
We saw Ms. Henderson read from her book at Buffalo Street Books a few months ago. It was not over-crowded.
We wonder if the bookstore might contrive to get these two extravagantly accomplished authors together sometime, for fun and civic pride.
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