We hosted the Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award of 1917 to weigh the enduring literary merits of bestsellers published in 1917. Contenders for the prize were T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations, His Last Bow: An Epilogue of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, and Third Class in Indian Railways by Mohandas Gandhi. Author Stona Fitch moderated the lighthearted debate, after which the audience voted on a winner. In a shocking twist, it was a three-way tie!
Stona Fitch (aka Rory Flynn)
is an award-winning novelist, often writing about Boston crime, who has garnered international acclaim. His 2001 novel, Senseless, was adapted into a movie of the same name. He authors the Eddy Harkness mystery series under the pseudonym Rory Flynn. Mr. Fitch is also the founder of the Concord Free Press, the world’s first donation-based publisher. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts. The Associates honored him as a Literary Light in 2010.
Speaking for the Candidates:
is a poet and the author of two books of poetry, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for my Parents and Picnic on the Moon, and a novella, Spin Cycles. His essay Hill of Dreams, about his travels through the Soviet Union in 1988, appeared in Inspired Journeys: Travels with the Muse in 2016. Peach Pie, a short film by filmmaker Roberto Mighty based on his poem Fortress, is currently showing in film festivals nationwide. Mr. Coe was honored by the Associates as a Literary Light in 2014, won a fellowship in poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is in the second year of a three-year term as an Artist Fellow for the St. Botolph Club, and was selected as an Artist-in-Residence for the City of Boston for 2017. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Mr. Coe defended T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations.