Briefly Noted…

On November 4, Joe McGinniss Jr. will learn whether he has been selected from six authors for the Kirkus Prize for fiction. If he wins for his second novel, Carousel Court, he will garner its annual $50,000 prize, although being short-listed for the Kirkus award is an honor in and of itself. Among the other five authors vying for the prize are Colson Whitehead and Annie Proulx.

A reviewer in the San Francisco Chronicle called Joe’s novel “raucously inventive.” The Kirkus review described it as a “taut page-turner,” in which “[a] young couple’s plan to flip a house in Southern California goes awry and old wounds in their marriage reopen …”

Joe was born in Swarthmore, attended Swarthmore schools and is a graduate of Swarthmore College (’94), where he met his wife, Jeanine Ford. He is the son of Chris McGinniss, a current resident of the borough, and the late author Joe McGinniss, and is the brother of Suzanne Boyer of Media and Christine Marque of Paris, France. Joe, who lives in Washington, D.C., with Jeanine and their nine-year-old son Julien, is currently writing his third novel, which will be a view of the East Coast upper class through the eyes of an Eritrean immigrant female soldier.

Last Monday morning, the Swarthmorean received a call from Dick Nenno of Swarthmore. Dick wanted us to know about Swarthmorean Peter Bloom’s achievement this summer at the Swarthmore Swim Club. We got in touch with Peter, and this is his response:

“At the Swarthmore Swim Club this summer, Dick Nenno asked me what was going on in my life. I said I had just turned 80. He said why not swim 1,000 laps, get a T-shirt and ring the bell in celebration. You don’t refuse Dick, but it got out of hand. I swam the first 1,000 laps by July 19. My grandson, Jackson, helped me ring the bell. By August 11, I had 2,000 laps and by Labor Day I had swum 2,816 laps — an even 40 miles. As an added benefit, this year’s T-shirt is my wife’s [Marcia] favorite color. So thank you, Dick!

Congratulations to both Dick and Peter on their achievements this summer at the swim club.

Tyler Arboretum executive director Cricket Brien of Swarthmore (center) wields golden shears to cut the ribbon opening Tyler’s refurbished stone barn. She was joined by Tyler development coordinator Maddison Paule and Jeffrey Miller, whose catering firm manages events at the barn.

Tyler Arboretum executive director Cricket Brien of Swarthmore (center) wields golden shears to cut the ribbon opening Tyler’s refurbished stone barn. She was joined by Tyler development coordinator Maddison Paule and Jeffrey Miller, whose catering firm manages events at the barn.

Maestro James Freeman conducts last Sunday’s performance of Chamber Orchestra First Editions at Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College. Pianist Marcantonio Barone was featured as soloist on the finale of the program, Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 449. COFE, which comprises professional and gifted amateurs including local students, will present its next concert in Swarthmore in February, 2017. Photo by Pete Prown

Maestro James Freeman conducts last Sunday’s performance of Chamber Orchestra First Editions at Lang Concert Hall at Swarthmore College. Pianist Marcantonio Barone was featured as soloist on the finale of the program, Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat Major, K. 449. COFE, which comprises professional and gifted amateurs including local students, will present its next concert in Swarthmore in February, 2017. Photo by Pete Prown

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