CLMP, in case you don’t know, is the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, which helps literary magazines and presses do all the great things that they do to keep literature alive and well. But to do that, they need money. And to make money, they have a spelling bee! A spelling bee that was held last night at the Diane Von Furstenberg Studio and won by none other than Harper Perennial author Ben Greenman! Now that he’s won the coveted foil crown, his book of short stories, What He’s Poised to Do (out summer 2010) will surely be a bestseller.
I have to say it was one of the most fun events I have ever attended under the auspices of work, and I recommend you attend next year. You can see some photos from contest Tayari Jones here.