Best of the New 2010: People & Ideas
In the increasingly fickle world of book publishing, it’s nice to know there are still stories like Paul Harding’s. For years, the former Cold Water Flat drummer, now 43, figured his first novel would remain unknown. But tiny Bellevue Press agreed to publish Tinkers, and then, in April, the unthinkable: Harding’s debut work won the Pulitzer Prize. The author, who lives with his family in Georgetown, says he’s three-quarters of the way through a draft of his second book, Enon. Charlie Crosby, the grandson of George, the protagonist in Tinkers, and his daughter, Kate, are the focus of the new book, which Random House will publish.