We speak with 2010 National Book Award winner Jaimy Gordon — and ride into the world of horse racing.
The National Book Awards are the Oscars of literature — the big night.
Last month, the prize went to near-unknown novelist Jaimy Gordon, the dark horse contender, for writing about horses – racing, the track, the stables, grooms, jockeys, trainers, and gamblers.
She didn’t write about the big races – the Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby stuff. Her story is set in the down-and-out world of dusty, third-tier tracks and hard-scrabble dreams.
Jaimy Gordon is with us, as well as Bill Nack, the man who wrote “Secretariat”.
William Nack, longtime writer for Sports Illustrated whose most recent book is “Secretariat” — it’s the inspiration for the new movie by the same name. He’s also author of “My Turf: Horses, Boxers, Blood Money, and the Sporting Life.”