The revival of Porgy and Bess has been nominated for a Tony; and that makes me think of the lovely song "Summertime"...and that makes me think of summer, which will be here soon; and of Maine, where I will go the end of this month. Maine is where I get the most work done. Of course I'll be entertaining company, and poking in my gardens, and cooking in my (newly renovated!) kitchen...but I will also be alone a lot, and it will be quiet, and my brain will be in Creative Mode.
I've just been in Minneapolis, where I attended The Giver opera, beautifully performed. And in a few days I leave for three self-indulgent days in London: an art exhibit (Lucien Freud), and the opera, and the theater.
But I am starting to pack for summer.
Tonight, at Lesley University, will be the annual (14th annual!) presentation of the Susan P. Bloom Award, which goes to a so-far unpublished New England writer of promise. Many of the recipients have gone on to successful publication and careers. This year we selected two YA novels from the huge stack of submissions. I usually am the one to make the certificates, and I try to incorporate some of the content. Here are this year's: