Sy addressed the Nation on March 27. OctoNation, that is — the world’s largest octopus fan club. Answering questions and speaking with founder Warren Carlyle, she appeared live for an hour and a half Facebook event that also raised money for New England Aquarium. Check out OctoNation’s awesome Facebook page.
The Associates of the Boston Public Library will honor Sy as one of its “Literary Lights”—authors and scholars from the Northeast whose contributions to American letters are considered outstanding. Others so honored in the past include William Styron, John Updike, Seamus Heaney, Annie Dillard, E.O. Wilson, Ada Louise Huxtable, and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
The awards gala is the Associates’ biggest fundraiser and supports the preservation of Boston Public Library’s Special Collections, which include a first edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, Shakespeare’s First Folio, a score written by Mozart, and one of the world’s most extensive collections of anti-slavery and abolitionist papers. Originally scheduled for April 26, the awards dinner has been postponed to September 20.